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

Surfactants in the products shall be readily biodegradable (aerobic) according to OECD's guidelines test methods 301(A to F) or 310 or similar test methods  and anaerobically biodegradable according to OECD's guidelines test method 311  or similar test methods.