OWS is one of the world’s leading experts in biodegradability, compostability and ecotoxicity testing of different types of materials, including bioplastics. The Belgium-based company, with 100+ employees and various laboratories, tested the very first bioplastics in 1990. Since then, OWS tested over 10,000 samples for more than 1,250 customers worldwide. Today, OWS has 2,500+ test reactors at its disposal covering testing on industrial compostability, home compostability, biodegradation in soil, fresh water, marine, landfilling, etc.
In parallel, OWS also participates intensively in a number of standardization organizations, both at national (ASTM) and international (CEN and ISO) level, leading to the co-development of several test methods and standard specifications on biodegradability and compostability. Furthermore, OWS also sits in several certification committees and is already for many years now recognized by all certification bureaus worldwide (BPI in the USA, DIN CERTCO and TÜV AUSTRIA in Europe, ABA in Australia,, JBPA in Japan, etc.).