Microfibre pollution is an important topic for the industry, consumers, and legislators.
These fibers pass through water treatment systems into our waterways, where they can absorb harmful chemicals before entering the food chain and drinking water.
Meanwhile, sustainability solutions provider Eurofins Softlines and Leather have urged textile and fashion industry stakeholders to test their products for microfiber emissions amidst a surge in research highlighting their impact on both human health and the environment.
A third-party laboratory member of The Microfiber Consortium (TMC), Eurofins Softlines and Leather uses the organization’s standardized test method to measure the number of fiber fragments released from textiles during domestic laundering.
Through identifying which fabrics and fibres are most prone to microfiber release, the fashion industry can proactively reduce micro plastic pollution with more informed raw material selection and use.
Actually they have the innovative test methods to assess the microfibre-shedding potential of commercially-manufactured synthetic textiles such as polyester, acrylic, elastane, and nylon.
The test quantifies the number of microfibres likely to be released during the laundry process for the life of a fabric or garment.
This test can help to better understand the environmental impact of products, and by identifying which fabrics and fibres are most prone to microfiber release.
Microfibres from textiles are thought to be responsible for 4% of all plastic water pollution. In order for brands, retailers, and manufacturers to reduce levels of plastic pollution from textiles, and to stay a step ahead of legislation. It is essential to understand the shedding potential of different fibres and fabrics.