The ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) is a globally established and reputable test method developer with a wide range of technical standards and tests. For testing biodegradability in anaerobic environments (modern landfills), the two most accepted and well-established standards are ASTM D5526 (stringent, long-term test) and ASTM D5511 (short-term test). The performance of biodegradable products or materials is conducted in laboratories using standardized testing, which simulates landfill conditions.
ASTM D5526 – Standard Test Method for Determining Anaerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials Under Accelerated Landfill Conditions
The ASTM D5526 test is a long-term test that closely simulates a landfill environment. Because these tests run longer and are more stringent, they provide more realistic, reliable results of what to expect in real-life situations (compared to ASTM D5511). Tests can run for as long as it takes to determine the material breakdown time.
Our Green Monkey biodegradable disposable gloves have been tested under the ASTM D5526 method and have proven to show up to 26.5% biodegradation in 390 days. To view all of our ASTM D5526 certified gloves, click the button below.
ASTM D5511 – Standard Test Method for Determining Anaerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials Under High-Solids Anaerobic-Digestion Conditions
The ASTM D5511 test is a short-term test to determine the biodegradability of materials in a high solid anaerobic environment. Material under the ASTM D5511 is tested in ideal laboratory conditions and assumes long-term expected biodegradability timing based on shorter testing measures (typically 30 days for testing).
Our landfill biodegradable nylon gloves have been tested under the ASTM D5511 method and have proven to show up to 24.1% biodegradation in 233 days. To view all of our ASTM D5511 certified gloves, click the button below.
Our biodegradable gloves have ASTM D5526 or ASTM D5511 claims on all packaging and marketing material. When looking for biodegradable products, ensure that any biodegradability claims made are backed by ASTM test results.
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