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Biodegradation of Plastic Test Package



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What is Biodegradation?

Nowadays, it seems that almost everywhere we look, we are seeing sustainable consumer products replacing their traditional counterparts. From food production and fashion to lifestyle products, an undeniable change is on the rise.   With such an increasing focus, along with favorable government regulations for green procurement policies, biodegradable plastic manufacturers have significant opportunities in the new end-use industries such as electronics, medical, and automotive.

Biodegradation is the process by which organic substances are broken down into smaller compounds by the enzymes produced by living microbial organisms, which transform the substance through metabolic or enzymatic processes.

Aerobic biodegradation is the breakdown of organic contaminants by microorganisms when oxygen is present whereas Anaerobic biodegradation is a series of processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen.

Service Scope

Our experts can support manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers in testing the biodegradability of plastics based on ASTM, ISO & GB/T standards:

ASTM D5338-15 / ISO 14855-1:2012 / GB/T 19277.1-2011
This determines the aerobic biodegradation of plastic materials under controlled composting conditions, incorporating thermophilic temperatures, to simulate conditions under the topsoil.

ASTM D5511-18
This determines the anaerobic biodegradation of plastic materials under high-solids anaerobic-digestion conditions. This test method may resemble some conditions in biologically active landfills where the gas generated is recovered and biogas production is actively promoted by inoculation, moisture control, and temperature control.

Test Plan

Sample Size
1. with reference to ASTM D5338-15 / ISO 14855-1:2012 / GB/T 19277.1-2011:
100g (2cm x 2cm)
1. with reference to ASTM D5511-18: 500g

Turnaround Time (working days)
1. with reference to ASTM D5338-15 / ISO 14855-1:2012 / GB/T 19277.1-2011: Incubation period + 12 working days
1. with reference to ASTM D5511-18: Incubation period + 20 working days


Only applicable test items will be conducted on selected product nature and destination market. Detailed test item list will be included in order confirmation email to upon order purchase. 

Turnaround time (TAT) and service price are subject to the content specified in the service scope and feature. Failure to provide test-ready samples or application documents would cause a longer period of TAT.

SGS Green Mark Certification

Products certified/verified under the Environmental Claim Certification and Verification Schemes will gain global recognition via the SGS Green Mark, which can be used in products, promotion material, and advertising to show end-users that the environmental claim is certified/verified by SGS.

To obtain our Biodegradable Mark, additional tests are required:

  1. Biodegradable Material Testing
  2. Material Quantification
    • Chemical separation, PGC-MS, DSC, FTIR, TGA, or others

The validity of this certificate is 3 years and the service lead time for the certification is an additional 5 – 7 working days.

* Remarks:

  1. A post-market surveillance is required 1.5 years upon the issuance of the certification (additional costs apply)
  2. This service is not applicable to products destined for France and California markets due to local or national requirements.


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Sample of Biodegradability Mark

ECCS Mark Sample_Biodegradable

StrengthS & benefits

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Order flow

1. Check Out

Confirm selections and fill in contact info

2. Arrange Payment

Pay by credit card or bank transfer offline​

3. Confirm Test Plan

Confirm test and product details

4. Send Sample

Send the sample with printed form

5. Receive Report

Receive our test report by email


Online Payment
  • Order acknowledgment email will be sent to you by system after successful payment
  • Order confirmation email with service details will be sent to you within 1 working day by our specialist
Offline Payment
  • We accept T/T bank transfer payment
  • Order acknowledgment email with bank details for payment will be sent to you by system after order submission
  • Please arrange payment and send payment receipt to our specialist by email
  • Order confirmation email with service details will be sent to you after payment verification by our specialist


You can add them to shopping cart and proceed to checkout for placing your order online. You will receive an order acknowledgment with order details after online order.

It is not necessary to create an account for online purchase, you can select Guest Checkout to place an order without an account.

However, creating an account offers additional benefits:

  • Your contact information will be saved securely for a faster checkout
  • Track your order status and history

If you place an order as a guest, please check our notifications at your email box. Please remember to check promotional and junk mail box if you can’t find it.

If you place an order as a member, please log in and check the status of your order under “Quote Request” or “Orders”.

SGS TIC Mall only accepts US$ for checkout.

You will receive a test application form, sample requirement and delivery details in confirmation email upon successful payment, please complete the form and send the required sample(s) to our competence centre in Hong Kong.

Please contact your dedicated specialist to submit your request. It will be reviewed case by case depending on the order process.

No, you can’t cancel and refund the paid order unless there is a quality or service delivery issue.

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