Design of the demonstrative prototypes

In this action, A4. Design in detail of demonstrative textile prototypes, the prototypes for the insole and isolation material have been developed through digital lasts (in the case of the insoles), using a 3D design software, implementing the methodology of eco-design and after studying the "LifeCycle Assesment" (LCA). In parallel, the physical requirements of the insole and the isolation that will be manufactured with recycled polyester fibre have been designed and studied. ...
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First positive results for the obtention of virgin PET

Since January of the current year, the LIFE-ECOTEX project team is working coordinated at the different headquarters of the partners, althoug the most remarkable progresses obtained have come from the pilot plant of GAIKER-IK4. During this trimester, important advances have been achieved there, related to the catalytic glycolysis, whose first results confirm the possibility of obtaining the previous compound, BHET, needed to polymerize and get virgin PET. ...
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End of the design and simulation of catalytic glycolysis process for polyester textile waste

As a part of the activities carried out in the action A2. Adjustment of the demonstrative  catalytic glycolysis pilot experiences reproducing the BHET monomer from polyester textile wastes, the design and simulation of the catalytic glycolysis process has been completed. On the bassis of the data provided by GAIKER-IK4 in the pilot plant tests and using the software Aspen Plus, BETA has simulated the different stages of the catalytic glycolysis process, optimizing the technical and operational parameters of the process PET2BHET. ...
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Preparation of polyester-based waste the for de-polymerization

In this action, A1. Preparation of the footwear waste for the demonstrative de-polymerization, all the wastes from the cutting processes of the components for the footwear manufacturing were analysed, such as cutting materials, lining materials, insoles, etc. The polyester wastes were characterised processed and grinded to obtain the ideal particle size for the following phase of de-polymerization. ...
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Social Networks

The LIFE-ECOTEX project has currently a profile in the social network Twitter and a group in Linkedin which are continously active. The objective of this social networks is to contribute to the dissemination of the project through the publication of the evolution and the results achieved during the project development as well as discussion topiss and news related to the sector. ...
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Dissemination of the LIFE ECOTEX Project during the “Momad Shoes” Congress

During the “Momad Shoes” Congress, held from 4th to 6th March at IFEMA (Madrid), the LIFE ECOTEX Project has been made public thanks to the dissemination carried out by the Footwear Technology Center of La Rioja (CTCR). By means of different graphic and visual resources exhibited in the CTCR stand, companies and assistants could know firsthand how it is possible to introduce the circular economy concept within the shoemaking industry.   ...
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Networking with the research group “Clean technologies for the environmental sustainability” from the Chemical Engineering Department of UPV/EHU (Leioa)

Following with the activities derived from “Action D1. Dissemination planning and execution”, a networking has been carried out between GAIKER-IK4 and the research group “Clean technologies for the environmental sustainability” from the Chemical Engineering Department of UPV/EHU. The meeting was held on 2nd February at UPV/EHU’s facilities with PhD. Jose Ignacio Gutierrez Ortiz and PhD. Ruben Lopez Fonseca. ...
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