Ultimate aerobic biodegradation in composting conditions
This analysis is used to assess the ultimate aerobic biodegradability of materials in controlled composting conditions by the ISO 14855 standard. Testing is most typically performed on biodegradable plastics and packaging materials.
Aerobic biodegradation is the process where organic materials are converted into carbon dioxide (CO2) in environments suitable for composting. The testing conditions can be tailored to simulate either industrial or domestic compost settings.
It's important to note that this test specifically measures aerobic biodegradation. It does not cover chemical analyses, material disintegration, or ecotoxicity evaluations necessary for a comprehensive compostability assessment by EN 13432 and ASTM D6400 standards. However, the test is an excellent tool for comparing different product variations in the early stages of development, before conducting a full compostability assessment.
The cost of the test varies based on the chosen conditions and the product, with durations ranging from 45 days to 12 months. The price listed here is for a standard 3-month test period.
- Suitable sample matrices
- Biodegradable plastics and packaging
- Required sample quantity
- 50 grams
- Available quality systems
- Measurlabs validated method