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Completed actions

Action A.1: Selection of most representative textile materials and finishing technologies
Leader: CTB
Start date: 1/7/17 – End date: 31/10/17

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.

A1.1 –  Selection of textiles and flame retardants
A1.3 – Report on results from survey on textile companies

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Action completed.


Action A.2: Pre-screening of functionality and environmental impact of FR
Leader: LEITAT
Participants: CTB
Start date: 1/9/17 – End date: 31/12/17

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.

A2 – Report of the state of the art of flame retardancy performance and environmental data of FR selected

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Action completed.


Action A.3: Selection of stakeholders and key actors
Start date: 1/9/17 – End date: 30/11/17

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.

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Action completed.


Actions in progress

Action B.1: Demonstration of FR and alternative material processing
Leader: LEITAT
Start date: 1/1/18 – End date: 31/12/19

The aim of this action is 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 are being employed to perform these activities. Currently we are defining the standards to be tested on the treated fabrics for each application and working on the pre-industrial scale tests before going into industrial level during 2019.

B1.1 – Pre-industrial applications and characterization of FR

Pre-industrial demonstration 80%
Industrial demonstration 15%

Action in progress.


Action B.2: Risk assessment of flame retardants in the textile finishing processes
Leader: LEITAT
Start date: 1/1/18 – End date: 30/6/20

The objective of this action is to assess the environmental and human health potential risks posed by FR and their alternatives in finishing processes of textiles. This action is currently collecting the necessary data on the potential hazards of the selected FR.

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Action in progress.


Action B.3: Comprehensive analysis of the environmental impact of the best available technologies 
Leader: LEITAT
Start date: 1/8/18 – End date: 30/6/20

The objective of this action is to analyze the environmental impact of the new environmental friendly FR textiles technologies, the Life
Cycle Assessment methodology (LCA) will be applied. The LCA will assess 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 six pilot textile manufacturing companies.

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Action in progress.


Action B.4: In-vitro assessment of toxicological potential
Start date: 1/1/18 – End date: 31/12/19

The aim of this action is to determine the amount of FR substance that may cross the stratum corneum and to enter into deeper skin layers. It can be done by in vitro dermal/percutaneous absorption study with FR treated textiles. This amount of FR is subsequently considered as relevant for safety evaluation (calculation of the Margin of Safety) if the application was performed mimicking in-use conditions.

We are now in the process of defining and optimizing the analytical methodology to be used for testing the percutaneous absorption study.

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Action in progress.


Action B.5: Technical Workshops for the textile industry
Leader: CLUTEX
Start date: 1/1/18 – End date: 30/6/20

The objective of this action is 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 already 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 workshops organized, their presentations and outcome reports are available here.

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Action in progress.


Action B.7: Policy recommendations (chemical regulation, Ecolabel, Green Public Procurement) 
Leader: ATEVAL
Participants:  LEITAT
Start date: 1/11/18 – End date: 30/6/20

The objective of this action is to set policy recommendations in order to promote the widespread implementation of alternative FRs.

The recommendations will be useful to establish future policies or voluntary schemes, at the European, regional and local level.
The information obtained from preparatory actions will be 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) will contribute to obtain recommendations for current situation improvement. Therefore, potential recommendations will be developed to update current environmental policies. These recommendations can be included in EU strategies, guidelines or voluntary schemes related to FR in the textile industry.

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Action in progress.


Action C.1: Monitoring the project impacts on the environment
Leader: LEITAT
Start date: 1/9/17 – End date: 30/6/20

This action will serve to identify and quantify the environmental impacts of the project implementation and will involve the evaluation of the potential environmental impact of the introduction of the implementation actions into the EU scenario.  Expected impact of each action and the set indicators proposed by LIFE Programme will be tracked.

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Action in progress.


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.

. 32%

Action in progress.


Action C.3: Monitoring the cost-efficient replicability or transferability of the project
Leader: LEITAT
Start date: 1/9/17 – End date: 30/6/20

This action is aimed to ensure 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 will be incorporated for monitoring the effectiveness of the actions and results.
The methodology that will be 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.

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Action in progress.


Action D.1: Project dissemination
Start date: 1/7/17 – End date: 30/6/20

This action is divided into several tasks:

  • Project Dissemination Plan
  • Website
  • Communication materials
  • Dissemination of results
  • Networking with stakeholders
  • Production of Layman’s Report

Right now we are working on dissemination materials (i.e. press releases, updating the website, etc.) and dissemination activities within the project following the dissemination plan developed by AEI TEXTIL earlier on the project.

Project communication materials are now available: Leaflet, Roll-up and poster.

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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

Action in progress.


Action E.1: Project management and monitoring
Start date: 1/7/17 – End date: 30/6/20

This action is divided in two tasks:

  • Project management currently active and lead by AEI TEXTIL. The first project meeting took place on July 13th and the first deliverable has been completed (Project Management Guide) and released within the consortium.
  • After-LIFE Communication plan which has yet to be started.
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Action in progress.