Horizon Europe


Implementation of circular economy processes to reduce textile waste in the manufacture of personal protective equipment.
Technical textiles are crucial to keep workers safe in high-risk industries such as foundries, petrochemical, electricity generation and manipulation or welding. Those industries need high protective level garments that can prevent burns and injuries (thermal, electric, or chemical). The fabrics for those personal protective equipment (PPE) must meet stringent standards to effectively protect the workers.
During the manufacture of the different PPE fabrics along the textile value chain, several material waste is generated. This waste is highly valuable as it is made of high-performance technical materials, which differs from commodities used in fashion. While at domestic level clothes have their own recycling programs (e.g. European Clothing Action Plan) and regulations (e.g. mandatory textiles separate collection by 2025), those are lacking in technical textiles’ sector for industrial applications.
The consortium, led by MARINA TEXTIL (the European market leader in manufacturing technical fabrics for foundries, metallurgical, electricity and petrochemical companies), will address the circular economy approach at its specific case in the technical fabrics for PPEs’ sector, where no similar solutions are yet available.
This project ambition is to uptake circular economy approach to dramatically reduce technical textiles’ waste generation and upcycle them into high-grade PPE fabrics. The consortium envisions a changing paradigm towards sustainability and commits to an environmentally friendly vision in high-end market segments.
The aim of the project is to achieve the recycling of 321 tons/year of textile waste from the value chain, using a minimum of 20% recycled material in a minimum of the 80% of MARINA TEXTIL’s PPE production. These values will be achieved using a waste collection (pre and post consumer) and recycling methodology that will lead to an industrial demonstration with an achieved capacity of 63 tons.

Project Budget:  2,242,886.92€
Leitat Budget: 150,403.48€

Financial Framework: Horizon Europe (Life)

Start Date: 01/06/2023
End Date: 31/05/2026

Contract number: 101113876

Leitat’s main role

  • Environmental analysis (LCA) of the project, sample tests.
  • WP leader.

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