New Test Method for Fiber Shedding Released by AATCC

Top Quote A look at AATCC’s new fiber fragmentation test method TM212-2021. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 23, 2021 - The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) has launched a new testing method – TM212-2021 – Fiber Fragment Release During Home Laundering.

    All textiles release fiber fragments during the laundry process. This new testing method has been developed to help the textile industry to understand and reduce fiber fragmentation discharge into the environment. This is at a time when industry, media, governments and consumers are all expressing concern over the amount of textile fragments ending up in the environment.

    TM212-2021 has been developed to determine the mass of fiber fragments being released during laundering. It is a small-scale test method using an accelerated laundering test machine, during which specimens are assessed under specific conditions of temperature, detergent (optional) and agitation. The wash liquor is then filtered, and the resulting mass of fiber fragments measured.

    SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification, worked closely with AATCC in the development of TM212-2021. SGS conducts test trails to the new standard using a global network of state-of-the-art laboratories. In addition, SGS is also approved by The Microfiber Consortium (TMC) to provide small scale TMC test services and can evaluate fiber fragmentation on finished products using an in-house developed methodology.

    AATCC TM 212-2021 is now available through the AATCC website and will be included in AATCC 2022 Manual of International Test Methods and Procedures, set to be released in January 2022.

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