26. January 2023

EU Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive

The EU directive on urban wastewater (Council Directive 91/271/EEC) is decisive for the control and prevention of pollution. Although it has led to improvements in water quality across Europe since its introduction in 1991, a lot of pollution is still not restricted or regulated, e.g. Micropollutants and microplastics. Therefore, at the end of 2022, the EU published a proposal for a revised directive on the treatment of urban wastewater. More about this in the blog.
22. December 2022

Microplastics and Textiles – a state description

One of the main sources of direct microplastic entry into the environment is through the wearing and washing of synthetic textiles. The European Commission has identified the textile value chain as a key priority in the EU Circular Economy Action Plan and proposed key actions and measures that are set to be finalized by the end of this year. This blog will provide an overview of issues related to the synthetic textiles, the proposed pathways to target unintentional microplastic release, along with the associated challenges that must be addressed.
29. November 2022

Impact of microplastics on wildlife

Microplastics are a pervasive environmental pollutant affecting wildlife, ecosystem, and human health. Microplastics can be consumed at all trophic levels and transmitted along the food chain, resulting in numerous long-term detrimental impacts on wildlife and ecosystems across the world. We have gone through recent, state of the art research that has been done on microplastic impacts on wildlife in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems, and summarize some of the main points in this blog.
10. November 2022

Microplastics and human health

Microplastics have been detected in human blood, lungs, and the placenta of unborn babies. Widespread exposure of humans to microplastics is undeniable. Understanding the impacts of microplastics (< 5 mm) and nano-plastics (< 1 µm) on environmental and human health and the identification of critical thresholds and characterization of hazards, are thus important steps towards effective microplastic management. This article looks at where our knowledge of microplastic impacts on human health currently stands, and the challenges faced.
28. October 2022

The challenge of microplastic regulation

Progress has been made in many countries to restrict the use of microplastics. However, there is still no single comprehensive European law that restricts the intentional use of microplastics in products or regulates the unintentional release due to microplastics in wastewater and subsequent discharge into the environment. But effective legislation on microplastics is critical to reducing environmental impact. What is the current status?
17. October 2022

(Micro-)plastics: Status of regulation and laws

Plastic production continues to increase and microplastics have been detected nearly everywhere on earth – from arctic snow to human blood – yet there is still no single comprehensive law that regulates microplastic input into the environment. The development of regulations is a slow and ongoing process; this article provides information on the current laws surrounding plastics and microplastics, alongside the associated challenges and chances.
24. August 2022

Open House for water without microplastics

Together with our cooperation partners, we provide insights into our innovations for the detection and removal of microplastics and micropollutants. Save your place now.
14. June 2022

German Brand Awards 2022

This year's winners of the German Brand Award, one of the most important Marketing Awards, have been chosen. And we are among the winners. In our current blog, we take a look behind the scenes and provide insights into the somewhat different path that led to two German Brand Awards.
18. May 2022

World´s leading trade fair IFAT 2022

We are shifting our focus of activity. Under the motto Unlock Potentials, we focus on A for analytics and analysis. In this way, we want to create a scientifically sound and data-based basis for the effective avoidance of microplastics in water. You can find out why we have decided to go down this path and what cooperation with us might look like in the future in this blog post and also in person in two weeks' time at IFAT in Munich.