Responsible Leather Specialists
At Authenticae we are passionate about the sustainability of leather. Our main laboratory services can help you to test how biodegradable your leather is, how well it composts, and its impact on the ecosystem. The data we provide can help you to improve your competitive edge, and sustainability confidence.
Quick Screen Testing
Are you looking for a low-cost screening process to tell you which samples are likely to be compostable?
This test allows you to identify which of your materials are good candidates for compostability certification. A rapid 20-day test allows you to get a result within a month to then choose which materials are best suited for focussing on (marketing and further testing).
ISO20200 is a lab-scale industrial composting simulation that determines the degree of leather disintegration in a composting environment and shows how well the leather breaks down when it is composted. By incubating the leather in a synthetic compost mixture we observe your samples for a minimum of three months and provide you with robust data on how well your leather breaks down when it is composted.
The EcoToxicity test looks at how safe leather is to the ecosystem, when it biodegrades and whether there are any chemicals of concern present. The test measures 200+ components quantitatively including (but not limited to): Metals, Volatile Organics, Phenols, Chlorinated Hydrocarbons, Petroleum Hydrocarbons, Nitrogen and other pesticides.
PLANT RESPONSE TESTING
Material Impact Testing
Our Plant Response testing evaluates how plants grow and respond to being grown in compost with your biodegraded leather. We can help you understand whether the leather enriches the soil or not.
ISO20136 is a leather specific method which looks to determine biodegradability by using micro organisms. With this technique, leather is put in a"soup"with bacteria. We then measure exactly how much CO2 is produced using infrared equipment that is accurate to 1ppm. The more CO2 produced, the more biodegradable your leather is.