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.
To address this problem, different evaluation methods were developed by various well-recognized global organizations.
For instance, The Microfiber Consortium (TMC) 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.
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