Institute for Aquatic Research, Documentation & Consulting


Our Biodegradation Test Facilities: Lab, Mesocosm & Field

We tackle the questions 'does it really biodegrade?' and 'how long does it take?'. Since 2009 we test biodegradable plastics, compounds and products in the ocean and in freshwater. We assess the biodegradation behaviour of the item of interest under environmentally relevant conditions - from controlled lab tests to in-situ field tests in a wide range of habitats and climate zones. From raw polymers to blends, prototypes and final products - we screen in different environmental scencarios, develop new methods and apply existing norms and international standards.

Our clients and partners comprise producers, manufacturers, brand owners as well as unversities, research institutes and public administrations from various sectors.

For testing inquiries please contact us. For further information on our research projects click here.