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Ecodesign methodology for recyclable textile coverings used in the
European construction and transport industry

Objective

The overall aim of EcoMeTex is to develop a tailored Ecodesign methodology for optimising the design of textile coverings with regard to eco-efficiency and cost-effectiveness. This comprises an analysis of the entire life cycle identify significant environmental and economic impacts and hence potential for improvement guaranteeing high product quality, as well as high product safety. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) allows to identify the crucial weak points in the life cycle and to assess improvement strategies to achieve an environmentally sensitive product design. LCA informs designers and developers concerning the implications of their choices on the environmental impacts and is therefore a decision-making tool. The innovative methodology faces the challenge to solve the paradox of textiles coverings: on the one hand the bonding of the multi layers has to be solid; on the other hand the multi layers have to be easy to dismantle for recycling. Applying this methodology a closed loop system of resources is realised, enabling material recycling. Re-design comprises not only optimisation of currently used material sets or manufacturing and distribution processes but also product and process innovations: It covers the development of innovative material adaptations as well as new approaches within the manufacturing process, recovery and reuse stage itself. The feasibility of the re-design concepts will be proven by producing prototypes of eco-designed textile floor coverings from the construction sector. The work will be completed by describing the methodology in a Code of Pratice which will be implemented in a customised, practical and intuitive software tool. The Ecodesign methodology will provide additionally a communication scheme for external communication based upon LCA results too. The transferability of the Ecodesign methodology for textile coverings to other sectors will be analysed using the example of luggage cover representing the transport sector.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/waste treatment processes/recycling
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-SMALL-5
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 798 172,50
Administrative Contact
Ernst Schmachtenberg (Prof.)

Participants (15)

ECODESIGN COMPANY ENGINEERING & MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 516 200
Address
Schwindgasse 4/2
1040 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Wimmer (Prof.)
TFI - INSTITUT FUR BODENSYSTEME ANDER RWTH AACHEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 616 856,50
Address
Charlottenburger Allee 41
52068 Aachen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ernst Schröder (Dr.)
CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DEL'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 298 000
Address
Rue Montoyer 24/2
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Guy Buyle (Mr.)
AQUAFIL SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 347 268
Address
Via Linfano 9
38062 Arco Tn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karim Tonelli (Mr.)
BONAR BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 277 200
Address
Westervoortsedijk 73
6827 AV Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ksenia Ovsiannikova (Mrs.)
GNEUSS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 164 000
Address
Monichhusen 42
32549 Bad Oeynhausen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Oliver Schmidt (Dr.)
OERLIKON TEXITLE GMBH & CO. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 65 500
Address
Leverkuser Strasse 65
42897 Remscheid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matthias Schemken (Mr.)
SIOEN INDUSTRIES NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 214 800
Address
Fabriekstraat 23
8850 Ardooie
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bert Groenendaal (Dr.)
ANKER-Teppichboden Gebr. Schoeller GmbH + Co.KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 174 000
Address
Zollhausstrasse 112
52353 Dueren
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eike Johannsen (Mr.)
EUROPEAN CARPET AND RUG ASSOCIATION AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 83 400
Address
Rue Montoyer 24
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Simon Van De Vrande (Mr.)
INTERFACE EUROPEAN MANUFACTURING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 45 600
Address
Industrielaan 15
3925 BD Scherpenzeel Gld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luca Achilli (Mr.)
KLIEVERIK HELI BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 123 000
Address
Edisonstraat 8
7575 AT Oldenzaal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Milco Hemme (Mr.)
INTERFACE EUROPE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Industrielaan 15
3925 BD Scherpenzeel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luca Achilli (Mr.)
INTERFACE NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 34 500
Address
Industrielaan 15
3925ZG Scherpenzeel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luca Achilli (Mr.)
INTERFACE EUROPE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 72 000
Address
Shelf Mills
HX3 7PA Halifax
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luca Achilli