Comprehensive soil biodegradation study

This analysis package is used to determine the biodegradability of materials in soil. The results can be used to evaluate the environmental impact of the product.

Testing is based on the international standard ISO 23517, titled "Soil biodegradable materials for mulch films for use in agriculture and horticulture - Requirements and test methods regarding biodegradation, ecotoxicity and control of constituents."

The standard encompasses four assessments:

  1. Chemical analysis of raw materials: Ensuring the absence of heavy metals or toxic compounds from the material.

  2. Biodegradation Tests: Evaluating how plastic breaks down and examining its environmental impact.

  3. Disintegration Tests: Assessing how plastics fragment into smaller pieces under simulated soil conditions.

  4. Ecotoxicity: Verifying that the product resulting from biodegradation is not toxic to living organisms, with evaluations conducted at two levels: higher plants and invertebrates.

The goal is to determine whether the material can undergo effective biodegradation in a simulated natural environment, utilizing the detailed criteria outlined in the ISO standard.

The analysis is conducted over a 6-month period, which is the most typical time for biodegradable plastics to break down in soil. If 12 months of testing (the maximum time) is needed, an extra €7,500 will be charged.

Suitable sample matrices
Biodegradable polymers and prodcuts
Required sample quantity
At least 250 g
Typical turnaround time
30 weeks after receiving the samples
Available quality systems
Measurlabs validated method


Price per sample (Excl. VAT):
15,139 €

We also charge a 97 € service fee per order.

Large batches of samples are eligible for discounts.

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