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.
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.
MIDWOR-LIFE project was present at the first edition of the Technical Textile Meetings Morocco.
AEI TÈXTILS, MIDWOR-LIFE coordinator, distributed project leaflets during the event which took place in Casablanca on 22nd and 23rd November 2017.
From June 18th to June 22nd ICCE 2017 conference took place in Oslo, Norway.
ICCE is the International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment which provides a unique information and communication platform for environmental scientists and a forum of professional exchange with collaborators and colleagues from related disciplines.
A MIDWOR introduction and description of the commercial alternatives of using perfluorinated chemicals containing chains of 7 or 8 perfluorinated carbons in textiles was presented by Àngels Rovira, researcher from LEITAT, on the Sustainable Environmental Chemistry session of the conference.
On March 15th, the MIDWOR-LIFE project team, coordinated by AEI Tèxtils – the technical textile cluster of Catalonia- and Euratex co-organized a workshop at the Casa de la Seda in Barcelona, as part of its wider an overall strategy towards the replacement of harmful chemicals in textile industry.
The workshop gathered participants from the chemical industry, textile associations, testing laboratories and research institutes. The aims of the workshop were twofold: to present the latest MIDWOR results assessing safer alternatives to durable water and oil repellants (DWORs) such as PFOA and PFOS in textile industry and to launch a first discussion on the matter by bringing together European experts with different competencies and perspectives. Read more
On March 30th and 31st, the 12th Annual Conference of the Textile European Technology Platform was held in Brussels.
AEI Tèxtils participated at the event, presenting MIDWOR-LIFE project, which coordinates, within the session Sustainability – Resource Efficiency. CLUTEX, IQAC-CSIC and CS-POINTEX also attended the event to network with other projects as part of Action D5.
On March 15th, a European Stakeholder Workshop was organised by the MIDWOR-LIFE project together with EURATEX.
The meeting was attended by representatives from some of the main textile associations, research institutions, chemical manufacturers, testing laboratories and also chemical distributors. Read more
The first workshop of MIDWOR-LIFE project was held on 29th November 2016 in Città Studi, Biella. Entitled “Environmental sustainability of the water-oil repellent treatments in the finishing processes: the possible alternatives,” he was attended by Jordi Mota (LEITAT, Terrassa), introduced by Paola Fontana (POINTEX / Città Studi), in the presence of a large group companies from the textile sector, regional and national.