Biosteel Fibers from AMSilk receive certification for product safety and of biological degradability
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® fibres were confirmed by two renowned institutes: the Hohenstein Institute and the SGS Institute Fresenius
Product safety and biodegradability are highly relevant to Biosteel® products. In November, 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® fibres. 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® fibre 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® fibres 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 nature-identical 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.
The unique performance of BIOSTEEL fibre offer a wide scale of capabilities. The most natural and intelligent ingredient for high performance application like:
- Apparel: High Performance Active Sports Apparel which outperforms natural fibre based products
- Footwear: Ultimate Active Sports Footwear which enhances speed and endurance
- Automotive: Premium interieur application with outstanding features
- Home + Interieur: New generation of furniture design
- Technical Textiles: Wide range of unique capabilities applied with Workwear
- Medical Textiles: Improved every day comfort, recovery and well-being
BIOSTEEL Fibers are 100% nature based biopolymers. Our intelligent fibre is superior due to its combination of strength and elasticity – and at the same time ultralight. This all comes with high skin sensation behaviour, controlled moisture management and 100 % bio-degradablity.
A spider web made of pencil thick spidersilk fibers can catch a fully loaded Jumbo Jet Boeing 747 with a weight of 380 Tons.
“As a highly innovative textile company, Schoeller Textil AG has been interested in spidersilk for a long time and is also investing in it. Therefore, as CEO of this company I highly welcomed the opportunity to participate in the realization of biotechnologically produced functional silk biopolymers in my function as Member of the Supervisory Board of AMSilk GmbH. The future belongs to sustainable and ethically correct textile products” states Siegfried Winkelbeiner, CEO Schoeller Textil AG.