- The mass loss of the textile:
Examining the the decay process of a product by micro-organisms like fungi and bacteria in combination with oxygen in the soil
- The ecotoxicological safety of the textile:
Determining the impact to the environment with cress and earthworm tests
A holistic view of sustainability focuses not only on manufacturing and safety, but also on the end of the product life cycle and its impact. If it isn't reused, recycled or upcycled in some way, textiles often end up in a landfill or compost, affecting the surrounding soil and water systems.
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To ensure that products are biodegradable and do not leach toxins into the environment, Hohenstein developed a test specifically for textile products.
Hohenstein's biodegradation tests use controlled soil burial over a defined test period. This method is based on international standards that determine the decomposition and degradation behavior of materials.
The results allow you to determine the decay process and environmental impact of a textile while transparently demonstrating that you have considered its entire life cycle.
The Hohenstein test method was developed in accordance with the following standards:
- DIN EN ISO 11721-1: Textiles - Determination of resistance of cellulose containing textiles to micro-organisms - Soil burial test - Part 1: Assessment of rot-retardant finishing
- DIN EN ISO 846: Plastics - Evaluation of the action of microorganisms on plastics
- Objective measurement of biodegradability in soil
- Verification of marketing claims
- Product optimization and sourcing based on data
- Labeling of biodegradable textile products with a Hohenstein Quality Label (B2C) or Hohenstein certificate (B2B)
- Determination of product's risk to the environment
- Advice on the disposal/recycling of products
- Quality assurance based on ecotoxicological considerations
Both test protocols take place under standardized conditions.
Testing is conducted with incubation in standardized test containers under constant climatic conditions
In standardized soil tests, under aerobic conditions, the biological activity is monitored using a reference sample.
Sampling and sample cleaning are carried out after three defined excavation dates (these can be set based on the product).
After a specified test period, the test samples are evaluated for degradation rate based on the mass loss.
We check the environmental compatibility or environmental pollution caused by the product's degradation with ecotoxicological tests and can optional chemical analysis.