Biodegradability of surfactants

Surfactants are used in large amounts in detergents and many surfactants are toxic to aquatic organisms. It is therefore relevant to avoid accumulation of them in the environment. Many surfactants are degradeable under aerobic conditions (with oxygen). This requirement also require the surfactants to be degradeable under anaerobic condition (without oxygen).

Criterion ID

11299

Criterion level

Advanced

Criterion type

Technical specification

Criterion text

Tensider som ingår i produkten ska vara lätt nedbrytbara (aerobt) enligt OECD:s riktlinjer, testmetod 301 (A till F) eller 310 eller motsvarande testmetoder samt anaerobt nedbrytbara enligt OECD:s riktlinjer, test 311 eller motsvarande testmetoder.