News

6
Feb

The laboratory tests of alternative DWORs @ LEITAT are almost finished

The first part of Action B1 consists of performing the application of the selected conventional and alternative DWOR products on the selected fabrics.

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2
Dec

Success of MIDWOR-LIFE workshop in Biella (IT)

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.

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28
Nov

EAB member Mauro Scalia (EURATEX) article in ECHA’s November newsletter

Now’s the time for wise substitution

Chemical Substitution is a hot topic in Europa as the 2018 registration deadline, part of the REACH process managed by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is closer and chemicals which are not registered will no be able to be supplied legally in the EU market.

Mr. Mauro Scalia, Manager of Sustainable Businesses of EURATEX and member of MIDWOR-LIFE External Advisory Board shares his perspective and the substitution process driven by the implementation of REACH and the proposal to ban some chemical substances such as PFOA and how this rises new challenges in the innovation field.

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23
Nov

Technical workshop in Biella, Italy

Next Tuesday 29/11 MIDWOR-LIFE workshop in Biella, Italy. Our project partner PO.IN.TEX will host a technical workshop with the local textile stakeholders. If you want to assist please get in contact with the organizer through: http://www.pointex.eu/midwor-life Read more

4
Nov

EU Proposes to Regulate PFOA under Annex XVII of REACH

The European Union (EU) is proposing to regulate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and similar substances under Annex XVII of REACH. If approved, the measures will be implemented in phases starting 2020.

According to the draft Regulation, attached to WTO document 16-5339, PFOA is identified as a persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substance (PBT). It has been on the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) since June 2013, and is a candidate for listing under Annex XIV (Authorization List) of REACH.

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31
Oct

Progress update Action B3 – Comprehensive analysis of environmental impact (LCA) of the best available technologies

The aim of this action is to determine the environmental impact of the different Durable Water and Oil Repellent (DWOR) substances using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology and the results obtained from the industrial validation (Action B1).

With the purpose of advancing in the development of this environmental assessment, and aiming to address different aspects that must be defined at early stages of the activity, a draft version of the LCA has been developed. This initial LCA has been built using the results from the previous Preparatory Actions (A1 & A2) and specific data from the Ecoinvent database and technical references.

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29
Sep

MIDWOR-LIFE Consortium 1st year meeting

Last Tuesday, 27th of September, the consortium held the annual meeting at the facilities of IQAC-CSIC, in Barcelona. This follow-up meeting had as a novelty the presence of two members of the project’s External Advisory Board, Prof. G. Rovero of the Polytechnic University of Torino, and Mr. M. Scalia of European Apparel and Textile confederation EURATEX.

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22
Sep

Participation in the Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress

MIDWOR-LIFE project attended to the Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress that was held from the 20th to the 22nd of September.

Dornbirn-MFC is the global flagship event and innovation platform where about 800 researchers and technicians from 30 nations will meet this year.

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13
Sep

Warming up for the next consortium meeting

The MIDWOR-LIFE consortium will meet again next 27th of September in Barcelona, Spain.

This time the team from CSIC-IQAC will be hosting the meeting in which the latest developments of the project will be presented and discussed.

The members of the External Advisory Board (EAB) will also join this meeting to share industry insights and advice on how to obtain the best results from the project. The EAB members who will attend are:

Mr. Mauro Scalia, Manager of Sustainable Businesses at EURATEX – The European Apparel and Textile Confederation,
Mr. Giorgio Rovero, Associate Professor at Politecnico di Torino and
Mr. Germán García Ibañez, Environmental Sustainability Manager at Inditex.

6
Jul

Deliverable of Action A2

The objective of Action A2 was to carry out a pre-screening of the functionality and environmental impact of the selected DWORs.

As a result of this actions a report on the state of the art of the technical and environmental data has been produced. The report studies the technical performance of the chemicals according to AATCC test methods for oil repellency and water repellency. To study the environmental data the selected DWOR products where separated in three groups: conventional DWOR based on long-chain fluorocarbon (C8) and then the alternatives based in C6 chemistry, finally a group of products which are not fluorinated.

The complete report can be downloaded here.