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MICROFIBER TESTING ACCORDING TO THE MICROFIBER CONSORTIUM METHOD
The issue of microfiber pollution from the textile industry has remained to be a popular topic nowadays. Many studies have shown that the microfibers can be found in ocean, rivers, and lakes which are related to the fiber released from garment products1. It is far from reaching a solution, and the main reason for the slow progression is the lack of understanding to the issue. While lacking a reliable means to assess the microfiber releasing properties of garment and raw material fabric, the textile supply chain cannot tackle the problem efficiently.
SGS has been conducting research on the microfiber testing since 2016. Our goal is to develop a test method which is robust and reproduce able and can be commonly adopted by the industry to assess the fiber releasing performance. In 2017, SGS has developed our full scale microfiber testing for garment, and the method has been employed by many clients to evaluate the overall performance of their products. SGS has also been actively participating in small scale microfiber method developments, knowing that small scale testing is beneficial to microfiber researches and fabric developments. In April 2020, The Microfiber Consortium (TMC)2 approved SGS textile testing laboratories to carry out tests for TMC member organizations.
We are pleased to announce that SGS has been approved to conduct small scale microfiber testing 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 to the fiber releasing performances. The method also allows faster access to microfiber releasing performance data with the accelerated washing procedures. Facing with the upcoming challenges in 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.