On June 5th, the final event of MIDWOR-LIFE gathered 36 stakeholders from 10 European countries in the field of substitution of per- and poly-fluorinated substances in the textile industry, in Brussels with broad high profile representation including the European Commission, textile industry representatives, chemical producers and research centers across Europe.
The MIDWOR-LIFE team hed the consortium meeting during June 4th and June 5th to review the progress of the project within the facilities of the Delegation of the Catalan government in the EU, also in Brussels. The team reviewed the latest updates on each individual action and planned activities for the coming last months of the project life cycle.
The MIDWOR-LIFE consortium has been working during the past 3 years on identifying and assessing the different alternatives for water and oil repellents for substitution. Now we release the draft reports for the key activities that will be presented in the workshop titled: “Substitution of PFCs from Durable Water and oil repellents used in the textile finishing industry”.
MIDWOR-LIFE project was presented in the AEI TÈXTILS booth and brochures were given out to interested visitors.
Following the awareness raising goal of MIDWOR-LIFE project, several workshops have been organized in the past month to present the results achieved by the project towards the substitution of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals.
During last month a total of 3 workshops have been held, 2 in Spain and 1 in Italy to discuss and debate the technical progress and the preliminary results on the environmental impact and risk assessment.
Currently, the most used Durable Water and Oil Repellents (or DWORs) are made of per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs/PFAS) based on C6 chemistry after the inclusion of C8 chemistries (PFOA/PFOS) in ECHA’s restriction list (Annex XVII of REACH). Currently, some Member State authorities have initiated the process for the inclusion of C6 perfluorinated chemistries into the restriction list as well making the search for sustainable and high-performance products a must.
On April 17th, a major milestone of the MIDWOR-LIFE project was achieved with the last industrial demonstration of alternative DWORs at Nanomembrane manufacturing plant in Czech Republic.
A total of six textile manufacturers have collaborated with the MIDWOR-LIFE project on the industrial validation of safer and environmental friendlier DWOR products: Hidrocolor and E.CIMA from Spain, Nanomembrane and Innotex from Czech Republic and Biella Manifatture Tessili and Tintoria Finissaggio 2000 from Italy.
We kindly invite you to the MIDWOR-LIFE final event. The aim of this event is to present the key findings and outcomes from the MIDWOR-LIFE project and open a debate on the implementation of chemical substitution policies in the textile industry with focus on the use of Durable Water and Oil Repellents (DWORs) in textile finishing processes.
On February 28th, a consortium meeting of MIDWOR-LIFE project was held in CETIM facilities in A Coruña, Spain, with the participation of all project partners. Additionally, the External Advisory Board of the project attended to this meeting as part of the project strategy to gather vital inputs for the later stage of the project and beyond. The members present were Mr. Mauro Scalia, Manager of Sustainable Businesses at EURATEX, Mr. Germán Garcia, Sustainability Manager at Inditex, and Dr. Giorgio Rovero, professor at Politecnico di Torino.
On January 29, part of the industrial demonstration tests of the MIDWOR-LIFE project were carried out in the finishing company Hidrocolor. The company collaborates together with 5 other finishing textile companies from Spain, Italy and Czech Republic who will validate safer and environmentally-friendlier DWORs in the frame of the project.