Analysis of microplastics in the environment

WESSLING is one of the few laboratories with the necessary know-how and equipment for analysing microplastics in water and sediments, in foods, beverages or cosmetics.

plastic bag in the ocean

Together with partners from industry and science, our team of experts is driving forwards the status of research on microplastics.

Thanks to their outstanding properties, plastics accompany us in our daily lives, whether as a toothbrush in the bathroom in the morning, in the train or car on the way to work, or when shopping in a supermarket. 

However, plastics also return to the environment – as tyre wear or thoughtlessly discarded rubbish (littering). Plastic is therefore becoming an increasingly major problem for man and nature: in the environment, the ocean and rivers, plastics break down to form microplastics, particles or plastic particulates measuring one micrometre to five millimetres in size. They contaminate the environment; their effects on flora and fauna are largely unexplored. The most widely used types of plastic include polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyethylene terephthalate (PET), for example.

Microplastics in water or soil return to our food chain. In the same way, the minute particles of plastic from products such as toothpaste or cosmetics return to the environment – via sewage works, for instance. This is why WESSLING is handling this topic in various research projects and has a   department which is specialised in analysing microplastics in our environment and food.

In order to learn the details of our offer, please contact our sales department.

Please contact our sales department

Latest news

All news

Concept of hygiene and safety amid SARS-CoV-2 infection threat

Protection of public health and safety of society during the pandemic of SARS-CoV-2 is becoming the major challenge for all of us.

Find out more

Support against Coronavirus: WESSLING France tests concentration of ethanol in disinfectants

Our colleagues of WESSLING France support manufacturers of disinfectants by using their expertise and the recently opened alcohol laboratory at our site in Paris to analyse the concentration of ethanol in hydroalcoholic products

Find out more