Eurofins | BLC launches New Testing for Microplastics

Eurofins | BLC launches New Testing for Microplastics

What are Microplastics?

Microplastics are defined as plastics that are smaller than 5 millimetres, which can be released into water bodies through inadequate filtration in effluent treatment plants. They are generally added to care or cleaning products to provide abrasive properties however, they are also found in clothing and synthetic materials. Through the process of washing these garments, microplastics can be released into water bodies. In fact, 35% of primary microplastics released into water bodies especially oceans, are from synthetic fibres. Microplastics may also occur as a result of fragmentation of plastic waste and textile fibres, and as by-products of plastic production.

Aquatic organisms may consume microplastics due to the size of the particles, which can be mistaken for food, and therefore ingested. This can lead to the illness or deaths of the organisms and has the potential for microplastics to appear in the food chain. Filters as small as 15 microns may be required to capture adequate volumes of microfibres.

 

What Can Your Business Do?

Eurofins | BLC have developed a test method to establish the microplastic residue that may come away from a material during use.

This method can be adapted and modified to suit your needs. Eurofins | BLC can provide additional consulting support to interpret the results and build your understanding of your product.

To find out more, please contact us at info@blcleathertech.com or +44 (0)1604 679999

3 October 2018

Latest News

Chromium VI - How confident... Eurofins | BLC launches New Testing for Microplastics

How confident are you that your supply chain can consistently control Chromium VI levels during, and post, leather...

14 July 2020
SAFER@WORK - Hand Sanitiser... Eurofins | BLC launches New Testing for Microplastics

Eurofins in collaboration with Cambridge Clinic have developed a range of hand sanitisers availble to purchase.

9 June 2020
SAFER@WORK - Surface Swab... Eurofins | BLC launches New Testing for Microplastics

Product Focus:  Surface Swab Test to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in the workplace.

19 May 2020
Chem-MAP® accepted as ZDHC... Eurofins | BLC launches New Testing for Microplastics

Chem-MAP® is now an approved certifier to the ZDHC MRSL V2.0 across all conformity levels (1, 2 and...

8 April 2020
COVID -19 Current Situation Eurofins | BLC launches New Testing for Microplastics

COVID-19 - Current Situation  Our UK testing laboratory and offices are currently open and fully operational....

17 March 2020
Fantastic Year For the... Eurofins | BLC launches New Testing for Microplastics

The team worked with over 200 companies in the leather, textile, and chemical industries on achieving better chemical...

25 February 2020
Leather and... Eurofins | BLC launches New Testing for Microplastics 24 February 2020
Eurofins | BLC Staff... Eurofins | BLC launches New Testing for Microplastics 24 February 2020
REACH: 4 New Substances... Eurofins | BLC launches New Testing for Microplastics 24 February 2020
Successful DNA Tagging... Eurofins | BLC launches New Testing for Microplastics 21 February 2020

Send An Enquiry

Contact Eurofins | BLC to discuss your enquiry with friendly and helpful experts and to get a quotation. For Eurofins | BLC to receive your enquiry, you must complete all 3 sections of the contact form below. To receive the Technical Update email, you simply need to complete this form. Eurofins | BLC aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours Monday to Friday.

  • Step 1 Tell us about your enquiry
  • Step 2 Tell us about your business
  • Step 3 Tell us how we can contact you

Select your enquiry category








Type your enquiry

Tell us about your business

Tell us how we can contact you