Technological Centre

Proyecto de investigación I+d+i Naturatex

NATURATEX – New sustainable fabrics for the retail sector

During its 36 months of duration, NATURATEX will investigate the entire production chain of the textile sector in order to develop new fabrics with low environmental impact.

CETIM will collaborate with the company Textil BCH S.A. in the development of new specific formulations that improve certain processes in the textile production chain, as well as in obtaining an environmental balance.

The textile industry is one of the sectors with the greatest impact on the economy and the environment. For this reason, and aware of climate change and the environment, new trends are being created in the habits of consumers and large companies to meet new sustainability challenges in this sector.

The NATURATEX project aims to research and develop a new generation of fabrics based on textile fibres obtained from natural and renewable sources (alternatives to cotton and synthetic fibres from fossil sources) and the reintroduction of recycled raw materials. To this end, the entire production chain will be investigated, from raw materials to proof of concept garments, taking into account key environmental and industrial indicators for the retail sector.

The NATURATEX project aims to research and develop a new generation of fabrics based on textile fibres obtained from natural and renewable sources (alternatives to cotton and synthetic fibres from fossil sources) and the reintroduction of recycled raw materials. To this end, the entire production chain will be investigated, from raw materials to proof of concept garments, taking into account key environmental and industrial indicators for the retail sector.

Textil BCH, promoter of the project, thus aims to position itself as a proximity and avant-garde weaver in environmentally sustainable fabrics for quality production. Therefore, they will look for different raw materials that allow them to create these new families of fabrics with low environmental impact.

Thus, different materials considered to have a low environmental impact will be investigated: natural fibres that are alternatives to cotton, synthetic fibres that come from renewable sources and recycled synthetic and natural fibres. To find out which are more environmentally sustainable, their impact will be quantified using Life Cycle Analysis and Life Cycle Cost methodologies. From these materials, the most promising yarns will be selected for applications in the textile sector and it will be studied if their combination allows to obtain new sustainable fabrics with the appropriate textile properties for the fashion sector.

Role of CETIM
We will perform the Life Cycle Analysis (cradle to grave) to obtain an environmental balance of the whole production chain.

We will develop and evaluate new specific formulations for sizing and finishing processes and adapt them to the needs of the selected fibres and yarns. Furthermore, in order to mitigate the presence of impurities in recycled fibres, CETIM will research and adjust the dyeing processes so that they are homogeneous.

Thus, in terms of environmental analysis of natural and/or recycled fibres/yarns, CETIM will provide scientific and technical support to Textil BCH within the framework of the NATURATEX project.

Our commitment to the sustainability of the textile sector
At CETIM we are experts in sustainability and, within the textile sector, our knowledge is backed up by different projects in this field. As a Technology Centre, we collaborate in leading initiatives that work to bring improvements to the sector.

We are promoters of the multidisciplinary consortium CIEN NOVACELL, for the research and production of micro and nano cellulose particles. Together with the COPO group, we contribute to the development of nanocellulose coatings for automotive textile coatings.

In the OPTEX project, we collaborate with Textil Roig in the development of applications that allow luminescent fabrics to be applied in high added value niches, such as medicine or security, thus improving the functionalities of garments.

We also participate in the FIBERCLEAN project to find solutions to reduce the emission of microfibres (microplastics) into the environment. To this end, we are studying new yarns, fabrics and finished products that prevent their release, as well as new garment washing and wastewater treatment technologies for the detection and elimination/decrease of these microfibres.

Finally, and with the aim of mitigating the environmental, health and safety impacts of durable water and oil repellents (DWOR) in textiles, the MIDWOR LIFE project has emerged. In this project, thanks to the combined experience of CETIM in water treatment and life cycle analysis, we carry out LCA and LCA studies in order to evaluate the best technologies that provide liquid repellency in textiles.

Thus, from CETIM we will provide our technical expertise in both Advanced Materials and Eco-Bio Technologies for the NATURATEX project to achieve its objectives: to make advances in the field of textile sustainability, the use of raw materials from renewable sources, the reuse of recycled raw materials, as well as chemical technologies for the development of advanced materials.