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CIRTECHTEX – Implementation of circular economy processes to reduce textile waste in the manufacture of personal protective equipment


Project Coordinator: Marina Tèxtil

Participation of Tèxtils.CAT: Partner. Partnership composed by 8 members: Tèxtils.CAT, Blaufabric, Fil Man Made, Fontfilva, Grau S.A., Leitat, Marina Textil, Tranemo.

Start date: June 2023

End date: June 2026


Some industries (such as foundries, petrochemical, electricity generation and manipulation or welding) need high protective level garments that can prevent burns and injuries (thermal, electric, or chemical). The fabrics for that personal protective equipment (PPE) must meet stringent standards to effectively protect the workers. As any other garment, during the manufacture of the different PPE fabrics along the textile value chain, waste material is generated. This waste is highly valuable as it is made of high-performance technical materials, which differs from commodities used in fashion.

The project 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 aim of the project is to achieve the recycling of textile waste from the value chain, through a waste collection (pre and post consumer) and recycling methodology.

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Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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