Testing & Data

Introduction

With each technology we develop, we are striving to provide the highest possible performance, while also reducing our impact on the environment. Thoroughly testing every new product and technology is an essential step in the development process. This page will provide a transparent look at the testing and data that supports key sustainable technologies.

PrimaLoft® Bio™

Introduction

The following sections offer a comprehensive summary of the science and testing data that support our PrimaLoft® Bio™ technology. This testing data was conducted by third-party experts and measures the biodegradable properties and environmental impact of PrimaLoft® Bio™.

Biodegradation Testing | ASTM D5210

Standard Test Method for Determining the Anaerobic Biodegradation of
Plastic Materials in the Presence of Municipal Sewage Sludge

The test method ASTM D5210 determines the degree and rate of biodegradation of synthetic plastic materials when exposed to anaerobic-digester municipal sewage sludge from a wastewater treatment facility under laboratory conditions. PrimaLoft® Bio™ polyester has achieved 17.8% biodegradation through 241 days under ASTM D5210 conditions.

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Jordi Labs Internal Method Using Pyrolysis Mass Spectroscopy

The chemical composition of the spent inoculum was tested according to Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (PYMS) at Jordi Labs. PYMS testing can be used to obtain information about the chemical composition of potential microplastic particles in environmental samples.

No compounds, fragments, monomers, nor additives consistent with PET were found in the spent inoculum.

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Terrestrial Plant Toxicity Test | ASTM E1963

The germination study analyzed the plant growth of three different seed varieties in a general soil mixture with spent inoculum (exposed to PrimaLoft® Bio™ fibers) compared to a general soil mixture with the blank inoculum (no exposure to PrimaLoft® Bio™ fibers). PrimaLoft® Bio™ polyester has been confirmed using method ASTM E1963, that there is no environmental risk of soil pollution associated with PrimaLoft biodegraded polyester fibers. The spent inoculum demonstrated no toxic pollution that would hinder plant growth.

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