Although not everything durable is sustainable, items with a longer useable lifespan don’t need replacing as often. This means fewer materials used and fewer products disposed of.
Prolonging a product’s life through quality, maintainability and repairability are now considerations of an eco-design. There is a focus on this strategy by Governments intent on minimising waste by reducing the need to dispose of products.
Durability is part of the information that is recommended to form a component of the digital product passport proposed by the EU. The EU Digital Product Passport (DPP) initiative is one of the key pieces of the EU Green Deal and the Circular Economy Action Plan as the world aims to meet ambitious targets for carbon neutrality by 2050.
Textile durability standards
The European Union has published eco-design criteria for textiles setting standards for clothing, bath, bed and kitchen textiles, curtains, floor coverings, upholstery fabrics and mattress ticking. The EU has concluded that inferior quality will reduce the lifespan of these products and that consumers should be warned about product durability limitations.
Sustainability-driven durability regulation
There are a number of pieces of legislation referring to the requirement for consumer products to be durable
- European Union’s (EU) Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles; expected to come in to use in 2024
- EU Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation; expected to come into force in 2024
- Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws for textiles; expected to come into force in 2025
- EU Green Claim Directive; expected to come into force in 2024
- UK Green Claims Code; already in force
- France’s AGEC law (in force); already in force with incremental roll-out
- EU Digital Product Passport (DPP)
- US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has product specific data for durable goods and states that durable goods last three years or more
Eurofins can help demonstrate the durability of consumer products
The Eurofins technical team has created durability testing specifications for different products where extended life would deliver significant, positive impact reductions. The products that Eurofins offer this extended-life durable testing for are listed below. If you have a product that is not listed, where you would like to have durability testing conducted, please contact us to discuss.
Durability testing specifications
Durability testing verification marks
To support the achievement of testing against these more durable, longer-lasting product specifications, Eurofins has developed two durable testing marks, these are “Durable” and “Durable Gold”.
Durable products are ones which typically achieve 1.5 x the accepted published industry standards during durability testing. Durable Gold products are ones which typically achieve 2.0 x the accepted published industry standards during durability testing.
In the case of workwear, the products need to typically achieve 2 x for Durable Product and 4 x for Durable Product Gold against typical published clothing standards.
Eurofins durability testing services
In addition to our durability testing verification scheme for products intended for the European and other global markets, we offer a range of services to enable our customers to assess the durability of their products and understand their end-of-life characteristics
- Full suite of quality testing for textiles, leathers, plastics, metals, synthetics
- Advanced durability testing on multiple materials and products
- Highly accelerated lifetime testing
- Temperature and humidity testing
- Temperature and shock testing
- Solar and UV exposure testing
- Salt spray exposure
- Mechanical impacts and ingress protection
- Recyclability assessment
- Biodegradability, compostability and disintegration testing
- Validation of recycled content.
To find out more about our durability testing services and how these could contribute to improvements in product sustainability contact us on the details below.
Why Eurofins Sustainability Services?
Specialist experience in leather, textiles, paper, packaging and plastics
Multiple testing facilities
Complete package from biodegradability to toxicity impacts and plant response
Can be linked with the microplastic analysis of degradant