AMSilk GmbH has reached a further important milestone in its business segment Industrial Applications & Textiles: The high standards of the production and product development process at AMSilk as well as the biological degradability of the AMSilk Biosteel® fibers were confirmed by two renowned institutes: the Hohenstein Institute and the SGS Institute Fresenius. Product safety and biodegradability are highly relevant to Biosteel® products.InNovember,AMSilk together with adidas presented in New York the world’s first high-performance sports shoe, with an upper material entirely consisting of the completely biodegradable AMSilk Biosteel® fibers. This makes AMSilk the first biotech company to have market-ready functional products with biotechnologically produced functional silk biopolymers. Previously, AMSilk had succeeded in producing the high-performance Biosteel® fiber on an industrial, near- production scale as well as in producing Biosteel® fabrics. Certification in accordance with OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 The Biosteel® fiber received the certification in accordance with OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 (Confidence in Textiles) for product class 1 by the renowned Hohenstein Institute. This certification shows that the Biosteel® fibers reach the highest standard for textile applications. Textiles receiving this certification have been submitted to tests regarding pollutants and product safety, and in the case of product class 1 are without reservation also suitable for babies and children below the age of 3.
Biological degradability in accordance with OECD 301B Furthermore, SGS Institute Fresenius confirmed that the AMSilk Biosteel® fibers are biodegradable. The silk material was subjected to a standard test examining the biodegradability in accordance with OECD Norm 301B and was defined as “readily biodegradable”. This is the best test result possible.
Development of further Biosteel® products “The sports shoes made of natureidentical silk biopolymers and developed together with adidas set new standards regarding the sustainability and functionality of textiles. Further products currently in development with renowned international cooperation partners from industry and textile branch will follow,” said Jens Klein, CEO of AMSilk.
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