What You Need To Know About Microfiber Pollution

Awareness is increasing about the presence of microplastics in our seas, land, and air — and of their negative effects on ecosystems, animals and people.

The wearing and washing of textiles made from synthetic (plastic) fibers is one recognized source of microplastics in the environment.

These microfibers, which are stripped and carried off by friction and turbulence in the washing machine, enter our wastewater, eventually ending up in the environment.

Microfiber Analysis_Environmental Concerns

To address this problem, different evaluation methods were developed by various well-recognized global organizations.

Microfiber Analysis_Evaluation Methods

SGS has been conducting research on microfiber testing since 2016. Our goal is to develop a test method that is robust and reproducible and can be commonly adopted by the industry to assess the fiber releasing performance.

Microfiber Analysis_SGS R&D Timeline

In April 2020, The Microfiber Consortium (TMC)3 approved SGS textile testing laboratories to carry out tests for TMC member organizations according to the internal TMC test method. The new testing service focuses on the fiber releasing performance of the fabric materials, which helps to understand the effect of fabric structures and different treatment processes during the fabric production on the fiber releasing
performances. The method also allows faster access to microfiber releasing performance data with the accelerated washing
procedures.

Microfiber Analysis_Small Scale

Facing the upcoming challenges of microfiber pollution in the textile industry, if you are already a member of TMC, SGS can serve as your testing partner by providing reliable testing services according to the TMC method.

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