Microplastics (Microfibre) Testing & Consulting

Eurofins | BLC Microplastics Test Method (Shredding Detection)

Eurofins | BLC have developed a microplastics test method which detects how much microplastic shredding an object will release into water bodies. The Eurofins | BLC test method uses microscopy and imagery to identify and analyse microplastic fibres (microfibres) released from synthetic materials, including clothing and textiles.

This method can be adapted and modified to suit your needs and is flexible to include varying product types, including the testing of material samples and whole products. At Eurofins | BLC, we have a range of physical tests that can replicate real-life usage.

 

Microplastics Consulting

Eurofins | BLC can provide additional consulting support to help you interpret the test results. We can help you understand the impact of microplastics at different sizes and identify where the risk is for your product.

 

What are microplastics?

Definitions of microplastics vary, however most are classed as plastics that are smaller than 5mm in length down to a few microns across which can be harmful to the environment. Many objects including garments and synthetic materials have the potential to shed microplastics when washed or rinsed in water under normal usage conditions.

Multiple studies have shown that synthetic fibres make up the majority of microplastics which are known as microfibres. Microfibres enter the water system through the washing of clothing made from synthetic materials.

 

Microplastics testing - microfibres in 15 micron filter

Image above: Eurofins | BLC image of microfibre discharge from a synthetic material caught on a 15 micron mesh, viewed at over 600x magnification on a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).

 

How do microplastics and microfibres cause environmental pollution?

Microplastics are not captured in most effluent treatment plants mainly due to the potentially microscopic size. Microplastics can also absorb and concentrate toxic pollutants from the surrounding environment, making them more harmful. Microplastics can be consumed by aquatic organisms and have been found in the food chain.

Microplastic pollution may be largely invisible but awareness of the impact it is having on natural environments is growing.

New regulation is encouraging a move away from single use plastics such as plastic bags, straws and coffee cups. However, this does not address the challenge of microplastics entering water systems from many different products, particularly synthetic products that are washed e.g. polyester clothing and apparel.

Pioneering Providers of Microplastics Testing

Eurofins | BLC is one of the few materials laboratories around the world that offers microplastics testing. With collective knowledge of materials and commercial manufacturing, combined with the technical expertise of Eurofins | BLC staff, we can provide your business with access to both microplastics testing and consulting services.

Eurofins | BLC can help you understand microplastics and the associated risk for your business as well as management of materials in your supply chain through our consulting services. We also offer material research and development services, helping you decide what type of material you wish to use in your products.

Eurofins | BLC are proud to work with a wide variety of organisations around the world from chemical companies and product manufacturers to brands and retailers, testing a diverse range of consumer products. Customers of Eurofins | BLC benefit from fast testing turnaround times and one of the highest levels of customer service in the industry.

To ensure that Eurofins | BLC deliver some of the most accurate results in the industry, Eurofins | BLC regularly participate in proficiency testing programmes

 

For microplastics testing services, Eurofins | BLC provide:

  • Flexible microplastics test method for large and small-scale tests
  • Consultancy to help you understand the outcome of the test
  • A comprehensive and easy to understand test report with microscopy images

 

Become a Eurofins | BLC Member and access:

  • Discounted testing prices
  • Access to an advanced support through Eurofins | BLC's technical concierge service

 

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Our Accreditations

Eurofins | BLC holds accreditations from UKAS, CPSC, and ILAC, and has auditors approved to carry out LWG audits. Trust Eurofins | BLC to deliver some of the most accurate test results in the industry.

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