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The Mermaids project, approached in the seminar on LEITAT


The Mermaids project, which involved Polysistec, will be the focus of the seminar entitled 'Textile and detergency approach microplastic tissue at sea'. The event will be held on December 1, at the headquarters of LEITAT in Terrassa (Barcelona).

Did you know you are contributing to marine pollution by washing your clothes? Every wash of synthetic fabrics or composed fabrics (like cotton/polyester) discharges plastic fibers less than a millimeter in length. Wastewater treatment plants let them through. Fibers found on shorelines match with material used in clothing; polyester, acrylic and nylon. The impact of plastic micro- and nanofibers on the (sea) ecosystem has to be reduced. Mermaids, co-financed by the Life 2013 programme of the European Union, is looking for solutions.

The Polysistec role in Mermaids project is to define and study different types of textile auxiliaries to minimize the release of micro/nano plastics in industrial process and domestic washes.

Polysistec participated in the Mermaids project in consortium with three European partners: CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche; Italy), PSF (Plastic Soup Foundation; Netherland) and LEITAT (Spanish Technological Center).

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