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MERMAIDS

Mitigation of microplastics impact caused by textile washing processes

ABSTRACT

The main objective of the project is to contribute to the mitigation of the impact caused by micro and/or nanoplastic particles resulting from laundry waste water on European seas’ ecosystems, by demonstrating and implementing innovative technologies and additives for laundry processes and textile finishing treatments. Policy recommendations will be set in order to promote the widespread implementation of technologies that will contribute to reach a Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020.

The multidisciplinary consortium of the MERMAIDS project is aiming to mitigate the environmental impact of micro and nanoplastic particles resulting from laundry wastewater on European (sea) ecosystems. It does so by demonstrating and implementing innovative technologies and additives for laundry processes and textile finishing treatments. MERMAIDS is not dealing with developing new technologies, but aims to apply already developed scientific-technological knowledge.

Fibers discharged from washing synthetic cloths are a major contributor of the plastic soup. Microplastics concentrate persistent organic pollutants that can be ingested by marine biota, introducing toxic pollutants to the food chain.

Project Budget: 1’287’123 €

LEITAT Budget: 309’292 €

Financial Framework: LIFE+

Contract number: LIFE13 ENV/IT/001069

Start Date: 01/07/2014

End Date: 31/12/2016

Partners:

Contact Manager: L. Rodriguez

LIFE-MERMAIDS is co-funded by the European Union under the LIFE+ Financial Instrument within the axe Environment Policy and Governance and under the Grant Agreement nº. LIFE13 ENV/IT/001069.