Microplastics released from laundering flow into water streams.

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

Microplastics, microfibers, microparticles?

We can now move the focus from researching - to reducing - the impact.

Hohenstein advances textile sustainability with new methods from intensive microfiber research.

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


We analyze textiles or wastewater. You get more sustainable material.

Combine test methods for customized scope.

  1. Measure the mass of shed material using filtration according to the University of Leeds/The Microfibre Consorium (UoL/TMC) Method
  2. Quantify fiber count, attributes and size distribution using Hohenstein’s method for Dynamic Image Analysis (DIA)
  3. Near future: Determine the microplastics’ chemical composition using Hohenstein’s method for laser-based infrared spectroscopy (LD-IR)

Advantage through data.

  • Quantified status quo for informed development or claim verification
  • Identification and analysis of fiber-based microparticles
  • Independent verification of sustainability efforts
Wastewater Analysis

Reduce environmental impact and comply with industry standards (ZDHC, OEKO-TEX®, etc.) by thoroughly testing wastewater from textile production.

Know your impact
Ecological Impact

Transparently document and certify your environmental impact reduction efforts. 

Continuously improve

Use controlled soil burial test to test the extent to which your textiles and textile products are biodegradable.

verify claims
GMO Testing of Cotton

Ensure that organic cotton has not been genetically modified.

Quantify GMOs


So is Hohenstein. We work with any application where textiles interact with humans and the environment.

Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Institute America