Aerobic Biodegradation

What makes a product biodegradable?

In the most basic sense, biodegradability is the ability for a product to be consumed by microorganisms. Biodegradability for the purposes of making claims (as an inherent property of the material) requires a bit more detail.

Currently, unless the product is 100% naturally derived and not materially changed in the manufacturing process, testing must be performed to enable a supplier to make legitimate claims on a products biodegradability.

What is the difference between Aerobic and Anaerobic Biodegradation?

From a microbial perspective, there are two methods for biodegradation:

  • Aerobic in which organisms use oxygen as part of the respiration for consumption of nutrients.
  • Anaerobic in which organisms use other elements such as sulfur, in the process of respiration and consumption of nutrients.

In the real world, there is typically a continuum of these two processes, but in waste treatment facilities, the facility is managed is such a way that one or the other process is the predominant form of degradation. For most commercial markets, aerobic biodegradation is preferred.

For more information on Biodegradation and Biodegradability Testing, contact our product test laboratory at 847-483-9950 or info@situtest.com.

Situ Biosciences to Present at Personal Care EXPO

Come check out our booth #332!

Situ Biosciences will be at the Teamworks Expo in April to showcase our technical expertise in the personal care and cosmetic industry. Our team will go over product performance testing and formulation development, and be able to discuss a variety of services that help our customers meet their testing needs.

When: April 11, 2018

Located at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center:
5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018

Come visit our booth: #332

Please let us know if you would  like to set up a meeting at the conference.

Feel free to contact our laboratory at (847) 483-9950 or info@situtest.com