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.
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.
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.
On October 4th, a major milestone of the MIDWOR-LIFE project was achieved with the first industrial demonstration of alternative DWORs at Tintoria Finissaggio 2000 (TF2000) manufacturing plant in Italy. TF2000 is one of the 6 textile finishing companies that collaborate with the MIDWOR-LIFE project on the industrial validation of safer and environmentally friendlier DWOR products.
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