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We promote sustainable packaging in the advanced textile materials’ sector

12/01/2022

AEI Tèxtils, together with the Packaging Cluster and the collaboration of LEITAT Technological Center, has started TEXSOSPACK project, co-financed by the Waste Agency of Catalonia in the framework of the program Promotion of Circular Economy. The project aims to promote the implementation of sustainable packaging in the advanced textile materials’ sector.

TEXSOSPACK will contribute to strengthen the coordination and communication between both sectors, packaging and advanced textile materials, to establish and reinforce key alliances in terms of waste prevention, extending the life cycle of the materials used and helping to decarbonize the productive economy.

As a starting point, a state-of-the-art analysis will be carried out to identify good practices in sustainable primary, secondary and tertiary packaging in different sectors. In parallel, the main challenges of the advanced textile materials’ sector will be collected in order to identify common needs and to establish priorities. Then, an inter-cluster session will be organized, with textile and packaging companies, with the aim to present the challenges and, through a dynamic session, to draft potential solutions.

Out of the different solutions, both clusters will select four to conduct an environmental assessment that will be included in a guide on how to implement sustainable packaging for companies in the advanced textile materials’ sector and which could be extrapolated to other companies in the textile sector and even to other sectors.

The aim of TEXSOSPACK is to facilitate the green transition of the Catalan advanced textile materials’ and packaging sectors, both mainly formed by SMEs, while generating new business opportunities to increase their competitiveness based on close collaboration and the reduction of the environmental impact of their services and products.

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AEI Tèxtils has started the TEX-r-HUB project (a hub for recycling textiles for technical use in Catalonia), co-funded by the Waste Agency of Catalonia within the framework of the Promotion of the Circular Economy program. The aim of the project is to develop a sectoral study to promote the circular economy in the advanced textile materials sector in Catalonia, connecting companies in the ecosystem to facilitate the circularity of the sector.

The project aims to generate a circularity boost for the sector, mainly composed of SMEs, as new opportunities will be seeded for them to contribute to the reduction of environmental impact. The existence of a sectoral hub focused on textile recycling allows companies to manage their surplus more efficiently, to share knowledge, etc.

The first sept will be the development of a database of companies and stakeholders involved in the recycling value chain of advanced textile materials, identifying their technical recycling capabilities and their existing challenges for scaleup and growth.

Then, the cluster will invite the stakeholders to a series of co-creation sessions in order to develop a long-term strategy and workplan to scale the network into a recycling hub. The result will be a technical and economic feasibility study of the solutions proposed by the hub in Catalonia.

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