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Monday, October 29, 2018

Microfibre testing – A new test method by Eurofins to combat microplastics pollution


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The world is waking up to a big issue with microplastic pollution.Authorities are beginning to introduce legislation to phase out microplastic use and manufacturers need to stay informed to remain compliant.In fact, 35% of microplastics released into water bodies, especially oceans, are from synthetic fibres and an estimated 4% of all plastic waste in water systems are microfibres.

Microplastics -tiny pieces from 5 mm to 100 nanometres in diameter- are the result of fragmentation of plastic waste and textile fibres or simply by-products of plastic production, released into water bodies through inadequate filtration in effluent treatment plants.

However, microplastics are not just polluting at the manufacturing stage of the supply chain; they continue to pollute when consumers wash their garments made from synthetic fibres. To address the issue of microplastic pollution and in line with the corporate mission to contribute to a more sustainable future, Eurofins | BLC Leather Technology Centre has developed a microfibre test method that calculates and quantifies microfibre discharge from synthetic materials and clothing. Eurofins will collate a database of Microfibre release by material so that retailers can benchmark their products and make informed decisions about material selection.


How does microfibre testing work?


In synthetic textiles and garments, microfibres emitted through washing can be captured through a high-grade filter at micron level. The amount of the released microfibres can be quantified for various synthetic and composite materials providing your business with a discharge overview for specific products and materials.

This innovative microplastics test method can be customized to suit your company's requirements.


How polluting are your synthetic materials for the planet?


Contact our experts to quantify the amount of microplastic discharge from your products or synthetic materials. We can provide you with additional consulting support to interpret the results and build your understanding of your product.

To find out more, please contact the concerned Eurofins competence centre that developed the service at +44 (0)1604 679999 or ask your Eurofins Account manager for detailed information.