Durability verification and certification

Durability Verification and Certification

Durability testing services for apparels, textiles, and footwear

Durability testing services for apparels, textiles, and footwear

In a marketplace growing more competitive by the day, quality control has never been more crucial. Recent data reveals that, globally, textile production has doubled between 2000 and 2015. With fashion goods estimated to grow 63% by 2030, from 62 million tonnes to 102 million tonnes, companies that manufacture apparels, textiles and footwear are called to produce goods that incorporate sustainable design to ensure their products' longevity.

Getting durability certification is a critical step in ensuring their products can withstand the test of time, thereby reducing waste and carbon footprint. TÜV SÜD offers durability testing services that are designed for businesses that aim to minimize their environmental impact and contribute to protecting the planet’s future.

What is Durability Verification and Certification?

Durability verification and certificationDurability verification and certification is a process that products, specifically in the context of textiles, footwear, and apparels, undergo to ascertain their longevity and maintain their usability in terms of purpose, functionality, and quality over time.

These procedures involve different types of tests, including the durability test for garments and other types of textile testing.



Why is Durability for Textiles, Apparel and Footwear Important?

Durability testing for textiles, apparel, and footwear plays a crucial role in waste reduction, as more durable products mean less frequency of replacement, thereby contributing to fewer discarded items. When products undergo a durability test for footwear or garments, they demonstrate an extended product life. This extension in product life not only allows for reuse, but also translates into savings for consumers, fostering a culture of sustainability.

Furthermore, having a durability certificate can strengthen the brand's reputation. When consumers know that a brand has invested in creating more sustainable products, they are more likely to perceive the company as responsible and forward-thinking.

Regulatory Updates in the Textile Sector

European Green Deal by 2030

The European Green Deal forms a comprehensive strategy aimed at transitioning the European Union's economy towards a sustainable model. It seeks to convert environmental and climatic challenges into opportunities that span various sectors, including but not limited to transport, energy, agriculture, buildings, and industries such as steel, cement, ICT, textiles, and chemicals. The European Green Deal aims “to boost the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy and to restore biodiversity and cut pollution.”

The Commission’s 2030 Vision for Textiles within the scope of the European Green Deal:

  • Every textile product introduced to the EU market should be durable, repairable, and recyclable. Predominantly, these products should be made from recycled fibers, and be free of hazardous substances. They should be produced with respect for social rights and the environment.
  • The concept of "fast fashion" should be dismissed, enabling consumers to enjoy longer use from high-quality, affordable textiles.
  • Profitable services for the reuse and repair of products should be widely accessible.
  • The textiles sector should be competitive, resilient, and innovative. Producers should assume responsibility for their products throughout the value chain, ensuring significant recycling capacities and minimizing incineration and landfilling.


Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP)

In March 2020, the European Commission enacted the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP), a crucial component of the European Green Deal. The CEAP is a comprehensive action plan that outlines initiatives encompassing the entire life cycle of products. The CEAP focuses on the design of products, advocating for circular economy processes and fostering sustainable consumption.

Moreover, it intends to minimise waste production and optimise the usage of resources, aiming to keep them within the EU economy for the longest possible duration. This strategic approach promotes a sustainable, efficient, and resourceful economy that aligns with the principles of the European Green Deal.

TÜV SÜD ‘durability mark’ for textiles and footwear

Durability mark for textile and footwear 


At TÜV SÜD, our product scope is primarily focused on textiles and footwear. We utilize our state-of-the-art laboratories to conduct comprehensive durability test for apparel and other products.




Performance tests to ensure “durability”

  • Stability to repeated launderings – ensures usability after extended numbers of washing cycles.
  • Fabric strength and seam strength – measures the resistance of product to break, tear or rupture.
  • Colourfastness tests – various colourfastness tests ensure that colour of the products remain acceptable to wearers during its useful life.
  • Abrasion resistance – measures the resistance to wear from rubbing or abrasion and ensures long lasting of materials.
  • Pilling resistance – measures the resistance of fabric to form pills or fuzz on the fabric surface due to abrasion.
  • Flexing resistance – ensures the ability of footwear to flex with the foot during walking and running without becoming damaged.
  • Resistance to hydrolysis – measures the resistance of footwear material (PU) from degradation over a period of time.

Why Choose TÜV SÜD for Durability Verification and Certification Services

We assist you in validating your products' durability and sustainability through stringent testing methods, ensuring that your products meet the highest standards of quality that adhere to industry regulations.

With the TÜV SÜD durability mark, your products carry a visible testament to their robustness and longevity, assuring your customers of your commitment to high standards and sustainability. Choosing our durability testing services also enhances brand reputation that instills confidence among your customers.


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