LUXEMBOURG — April 13, 2021 — Eurofins is pleased to announce that it has joined The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) as one of the first third party laboratory members, alongside clothing brands, retailers, textile manufactures and research organizations, to facilitate the development of practical solutions for the textile industry to minimize fiber fragmentation and release to the environment from textile manufacturing and product life cycle.
Fiber fragments, or microfibers, are of particular concern to environmentalists because of their potential for accumulation in and pollution of oceans. They could also be ingested by marine life and enter the human food chain, with implications for health. The textile industry has become increasingly aware of this pressing issue.
The Microfibre Consortium is a membership-based organization that works with the textile industry to minimize fiber fragmentation and release. In partnership with the University of Leeds and the European Outdoor Group (EoG), it has developed a standardized test method that can reliably measure the amount of fiber fragments released from textiles during domestic laundering. This method will provide the basis for determining the scale of microfiber release as well as support in the process of finding solutions to microfiber pollution.
Utilizing its global network of testing laboratories and technical expertise, Eurofins will support the industry by providing TMC standardized test method services. Customers will gain access to testing services to support the understanding of the issue, whilst demonstrating their environmental responsibility and improving sustainability along the supply chain. Roll out of the test method will result in the adoption of standard measurement across the industry. The method is also being considered by European and international standards organizations.
Posted April 13, 2021