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Completed actions

Action A.1: Selection of most representative textile materials and finishing technologies
Leader: CTB
Participants: AEI TEXTIL, ATEVAL, CS-POINTEX and CLUTEX
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.

Deliverables:
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.

Deliverables:
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
Leader: AEI TEXTIL
Participants: ATEVALCS-POINTEX and CLUTEX
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
Participants: CTB, CSIC-IQAC, AEI TEXTIL, ATEVAL, CS-POINTEX and CLUTEX
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.

Pre-industrial demonstration 22%
Industrial demonstration 0%

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.4: In-vitro assessment of toxicological potential
Leader: CSIC-IQAC
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
Participants: CTB, CSIC-IQAC, AEI TEXTIL, ATEVAL, CS-POINTEX and LEITAT
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 the first 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.

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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.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
Leader: AEI TEXTIL
Participants: ATEVAL, CS-POINTEX, CSIC-IQACCLUTEXCTB and LEITAT
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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Action in progress.

 

Action E.1: Project management and monitoring
Leader: AEI TEXTIL
Participants: , ATEVAL, CLUTEX,  CSIC-IQACCS-POINTEX, CTB and LEITAT
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.