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.
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.
On October 3rd, a consortium meeting of MIDWOR-LIFE project was held in Città Studi facilities in Biella, organized by the Italian partner Pointex, with the participation from all project partners.
The meeting began with the presentations of the progress and outcomes obtained for each action during the last 6 months. Alongside the up-to-date results, each partner also presented their proposed action plan for the coming months. After each action presentation, a discussion was opened among all the participants to evaluate and propose guidelines for next steps.
Main results for this semester are the release of deliverable B1.1: “Report on the pre-industrial applications and characterization of DWOR and alternatives” and the addition of three new alternative Durable Water and Oil Repellent (DWOR) products to be studied during the project, the internal publication of deliverable C3.1 “Preliminary report on cost-efficiency methodology and system defined”, the progress on the environmental impact model development and the layout description of the web tool.
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.
MIDWOR-LIFE project participated at the Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress that was held from 13th to 15th September 2017.
Dornbirn-MFC is the global flagship event and innovation platform where around 800 researchers and technicians from 30 nations have met this year.
This year’s Congress focused around four main topics: Fiber innovations; Fibers, textiles and nonwovens for hygienic and healthcare applications; Fibers, textiles and nonwovens for protective applications; and Fibers, textiles and nonwovens for sports and leisure wear.