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~500,000 tons of microplastic fibers enter the world's oceans every year.

Along the way, synthetic microfibers attract pollutants, harming sea life and entering the food chains of larger sea life and humans.

Determine fiber release in wastewater.

During the production, use and washing of textiles, fiber fragments are released from synthetic textiles. If they are not effectively removed by wastewater cleaning processes, they enter our rivers, lakes and oceans.

Using analytical methods, we quantify:

  • Fiber release behavior from different textile surfaces
  • Fiber content in processes
  • Fiber content in wastewater

Measure – Understand – Reduce

We support decisions by measuring textile impact, so you can understand it, then make targeted reductions.

Test Methods:

  • Quantification of fiber release and fiber length distribution with the Hohenstein method: Dynamic Image Analysis (DIA)
  • Measurement of total abrasion by filtration according to the University of Leeds/Microfiber Consortium (UoL/TMC) method

Advantage through data.

Quantified status quo for informed development or claim verification + independent verification of sustainability efforts
  • Analysis of textiles and wastewater (various sample types from a single source)​
  • Determination of amount, type and shape of released fibers
  • Objective measurement of fiber release​
  • Quality control of wastewater
  • Optimization of processes and processing steps

Hohenstein is driving textile sustainability with intensive research.

Benefit from our active involvement in research and standardization committees.

In considering the environmental impact of textiles, there’s no way around microplastics. Hohenstein has been at the forefront of this research since 2016.

Along with the University of Leeds and other textile industry leaders, Hohenstein is a contributing research member of the Microfibre Consortium (TMC). We're working to minimize microplastic emissions from textiles and increase sustainability in textiles.


So is Hohenstein. We work with any application where textiles interact with humans and the environment.
Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Americas