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Converting organic waste into sustainable bio-based components

Project description

A materials revolution is afoot

It is not an easy task to produce a sustainable pair of shoes, a plastic package or even a printed textile. Waste2BioComp is an EU-funded project that aims to demonstrate relevant scale production of bio-based products and materials as alternatives to one's with a large environmental footprint, using innovative manufacturing technologies. All stages of a product's life cycle will be addressed, starting from research and innovation activities to smart manufacturing technologies, including smart inkjet printing techniques. Therefore, in the Waste2BioComp project, researchers, together with industry experts, will integrate all the stages in the bio-based product's life cycle, including end-of-life approaches and sustainability and toxicity assessments to ensure full circularity of the materials. Furthermore, Waste2BioComp will develop training activities to support the creation of a skilled workforce.

Objective

Waste2BioComp project aims to demonstrate relevant scale production of bio-based products and materials, as alternatives to traditional materials with high environmental footprint, using innovative manufacturing technologies. The project integrates all stages in the bio-based products´ life cycle, starting from R&I activities regarding the sourcing of feedstocks for the development of bio-based precursors and intermediate materials, smart inkjet printing techniques, and smart manufacturing technologies for final products, and the final demonstrators, which will entail the production on a relevant scale of the following bio-based products: shoe sole materials with different hardness; three-layered shoe insoles; plastic films/packaging with different flexibilities; social face masks; fashion garments printed with bio-based inks; leather and textile shoes printed with bio-based inks; paper for packaging printed with bio-based inks. Waste2BioComp will also develop sustainability and toxicity assessments to the developed materials and products, as well as re-manufacturing and recycling approaches to ensure circularity by closing the material loop. Furthermore, the project will develop dedicated training activities to support the creation of a skilled workforce in biomaterial-based manufacturing sectors, particularly for the textile, footwear, and packaging activities.
Therefore, Waste2BioComp will have a significative impact on the reduction of the use of fossil-based materials, not only in the approached three value chains (textiles, packaging, and footwear), which are highly resource and polluting intensive sectors, but also with potential for several other sectors and applications.
The project will run for 36 months, and it will be constituted by 13 partners from France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland.

Coordinator

CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DAS INDUSTRIAS TEXTIL E DO VESTUARIO DE PORTUGAL
Net EU contribution
€ 484 375,00
Address
RUA FERNANDO MESQUITA 2785 QUINTA DA MAIA
4760 034 Vila Nova De Famalicao
Portugal

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Region
Continente Norte Cávado
Activity type
Research Organisations
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Total cost
€ 484 375,00

Participants (12)

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