In this action, partners identified and selected the different textile materials and finishing technologies and products to be employed for the following actions.
A survey directed to textile companies was sent to identify current use of FR products (composition and quantity) and experiences with other technologies.
A final report has been generated and it is available in the deliverable section below.
In this action, partners did a pre-screening of the technical performance and environmental impact of the selected FR and their alternatives. The pre-screening took place using available information from the products, databases or provided by manufacturers.
Information about the technical performance of current FR materials and their alternatives and environmental impact were also collected from the bibliography, databases and by collecting the information provided by the cluster’s members.
In this action, partners identified and involved stakeholders in order to ensure the future implementation of the project results and beyond.
A database of stakeholders was prepared among the clusters in the consortium.
A total of 167 relevant stakeholders were identified.
Action B.1: Demonstration of FR and alternative material processing
Participants: CTB, CSIC-IQAC, AEI TEXTIL, ATEVAL, CS-POINTEX and CLUTEX
Start date: 1/1/18 – End date: 30/06/20 (revised)
The aim of this action was to perform the application trials at pre-industrial and at industrial scale. The harmful FR products and their non-toxic alternatives selected and studied in the preparatory actions were employed to perform these activities. We selected the standards to be tested on the treated fabrics for each application and have now completed both the pre-industrial scale tests and industrial level during 2019 and early 2020.
Action B.2: Risk assessment of flame retardants in the textile finishing processes
Start date: 1/1/18 – End date: 30/6/20
The objective of this action was to assess the environmental and human health potential risks posed by FR and their alternatives in finishing processes of textiles. This action is completed and summarized in the public deliverable where the different hazard scenarios are considered for conventional, transitional and alternative FR.
Action B.3: Comprehensive analysis of the environmental impact of the best available technologies
Start date: 1/8/18 – End date: 30/6/20
The objective of this action was to analyze the environmental impact of the new environmentally friendly FR textiles technologies, the Life
Cycle Assessment methodology (LCA) was applied. The LCA assessed the results obtained from the industrial demonstration stage (task B.1.2), evaluating the nine FR textiles (three textiles finished with conventional FR and six textiles finished with the alternative FR), in seven pilot textile manufacturing companies.
B3 – Report on Life Cycle Assessment
Action B.4: In-vitro assessment of toxicological potential
Start date: 1/1/18 – End date: 31/12/19
The aim of this action was to determine the amount of FR substance that may cross the stratum corneum and to enter into deeper skin layers. It was done by in vitro dermal/percutaneous absorption study with FR treated textiles. This amount of FR was subsequently considered as relevant for safety evaluation (calculation of the Margin of Safety) if the application was performed mimicking in-use conditions.
We have defined and optimized the analytical methodology to be used for testing the percutaneous absorption study.
The objective of this action was to pursue tangible substitution of harmful FR chemicals in the textile industry with a bottom-up approach, i.e. starting for a couple of industries and working all the way up the chain with the aim of influencing substitution at the place birth of textile products: the design and requirement specification.
We have organized several workshops with relevant stakeholders. For example, the first EU workshop in Brussels on January 16th with EU-wide stakeholders that generated a lot of interest. The report summarizing the outcomes of the discussion is available here. The presentations from the event are available on the dedicated workshop page.
A comprehensive list of all workshops organized, their presentations, and outcome reports are available here.
The objective of this action was to support and guide the textile industry for the effective implementation of sustainable FR. A Road Map was elaborated to define the next steps to follow after the end of the project and guide the road to a precise direction during approximately the next 12 years after the project. The aim of this action was also to guarantee that the objectives of the project will be reached and new actions will be
carried out after the project end to ensure its continuity and a noticeable reduction of the impact of harmful FR finishing and coatings.
B6 – Roadmap
The objective of this action is to set policy recommendations in order to promote the widespread implementation of alternative FRs.
The recommendations are useful to establish future policies or voluntary schemes, at the European, regional and local level.
The information obtained from preparatory actions were considered as the starting point of this action, in order to determine how the existing policies are being applied nowadays.
The information obtained in the previous implantation actions (B1, B2, B3, B4, B5 and B6) have contributed to obtaining recommendations for current situation improvement. Therefore, potential recommendations were developed to update current environmental policies. These recommendations included in EU strategies, guidelines and voluntary schemes related to FR in the textile industry.
Action C.1: Monitoring the project impacts on the environment
Start date: 1/9/17 – End date: 30/6/20
This action served to identify and quantify the environmental impacts of the project implementation and involved the evaluation of the potential environmental impact of the introduction of the implementation actions into the EU scenario. The expected impact of each action and the set indicators proposed by LIFE Programme have been tracked.
Action C.2: Monitoring the socio-economic impact of the project on local economy and population
Start date: 1/9/18 – End date: 30/6/20
This action aims to evaluate the socioeconomic impact expected on the local economy and community by the implementation of the proposed FR alternatives and the related environmental and risk management measures into EU textile industry.
C2 – Report on socioeconomic impact
Action C.3: Monitoring the cost-efficient replicability or transferability of the project
Start date: 1/9/17 – End date: 30/6/20
This action was aimed at ensuring the cost-efficient replicability or transferability of the project, so the project results will be demonstrated to be feasible not only at the environmental level but also an economic one. With such goal, economic criteria was incorporated for monitoring the effectiveness of the actions and results.
The methodology used is based on Life Cycle Costing (LCC) which evaluates assets taking into consideration all costs arising from the different life stages from raw materials, production, use and end-of-life.
This action was divided into several tasks:
- Project Dissemination Plan
- Communication materials
- Dissemination of results
- Networking with stakeholders
- Production of Layman’s Report
We disseminated the project results with several tools (i.e. press releases, public presentations, updating the website, etc.) following the dissemination plan developed by AEI TEXTIL earlier on the project.
Download Layman’s Report in:
The LIFE-FLAREX consortium has participated in the following communication and dissemination activities:
3rd European conference on “Fire-safe Textiles and Plastics”, Gent. October 2017
Technical Textile Meetings Morocco, Casablanca. November 2017
HEIMTEXTILE 2018, Frankfurt, January 2018
FILO International yarns exhibition, Milan. February 2018
Ecofram 2018: International conference on Eco-friendly Flame Retardant Additives and Materials. Metz (FR), March 2018
SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting, Rome, May 2018
CITEXT, Troyes (FR), May 2018
MIDWOR FINAL EVENT, Brussels, June 2018
Colombiamoda+Textiles2 , Medellin, July 2018
Home Textiles Premium 2018, Madrid, September 2018
3rd International Conference on Biobased Textiles and Plastics, Gent, October 2018
The 8th international conference of applied research on textile, Tunisia, November 2018
[avniR] Conference 2018: Circular economy, Lille, November 2018
MEDICA 2018, Dusseldorf, November 2018
Aachen Dresden Denkendorf International textile conference, Aachen, November 2018
Fire Safety Workshop by IAFSS, Brussels, December 2018
Boostalps 2018, Milan, December 2018
Chemical innovation workshop, Brussels, January 2019
1st CONTEXT Conference, Barcelona, January 2019
EU-TAIWAN Cluster Collaboration event, Lyon, March 2019
AEQCT Symposium, Alcoy (ES), March 2019
iTechStyle Summit 2019, Porto, April 2019
Techtextil + Texprocess 2019, Frankfurt, May 2019
XXXVII Reunión Bienal de la RSEQ, San Sebastian, May 2019
ITMA, Barcelona, June 2019
Second event of Textile Industry and Sustainability, Terrassa, June 2019
AUTEX, Gent, June 2019
InfoHappening, Gent, June 2019
CEEC TAC5 & MEDICTA 2019 JOINT CONFERENCE, Rome, August 2019
LCM conference, Poznan, September 2019
TexTeh IX, Bucharest, October 2019
Having breakfast while learning (Substitution of hazardous chemicals in textile), Gent, October 2019
ITMC Conference, Marrakesh, November 2019
II DIFFUSION EVENT OF QC4SUSTEX, Lugo, November 2019
EU-TEXTILE2030 EEIG public launch, Lyon, November 2019
ICEUBI2019, Beira, November 2019
Consejo Intertextil Español meeting, Sabadell, December 2019
Expert’s workshop towards substitution of hazardous chemicals organized by DG-ENV, Brussels, January 2020
LIFE-FLAREX video public presentation, Barbera del Valles, January 2020
Recircula Challenge 2020, Barcelona, February 2020
This action was divided in two tasks:
- Project management led by AEI TEXTIL. The first project meeting took place on July 13th and the first deliverable was completed (Project Management Guide) and released within the consortium.
- After-LIFE Communication plan has already been completed.
- The FR Green Procurement Guide for the textile industry has been completed.
E1 – FR Green Procurement Guide for the textile industry