The non-biodegradability of most plastic materials and their accumulation affects both oceans and land. To secure a greener future for our planet, the EFFECTIVE project connects 12 companies and institutes who have joined forces to redesign two of the today’s most widely used materials: polyamides and polyesters.
Our aim is to design bio-based polyamides and polyesters from renewable feedstocks rather than crude oil, and manufacture greener and structurally improved fibers and films. We also intend to showcase the use of our bio-based ingredients in a wide array of mass-produced consumer products across multiple markets, such as construction, automotive, packaging, garments, carpets and textiles.
Finally, we want to demonstrate innovative and improved ways for the end-of-life treatment of our products by introducing a circular economy approach and validate the recyclability or biodegradability of the EFFECTIVE materials.
EFFECTIVE is a combination of technology, economics and commercial adoption. Members of our consortium share a common vision for the future of textiles and packaging: to create innovations that entire economic sectors, as well as end consumers, will benefit from.
The partnership includes organisations from 7 different countries and combines multidisciplinary knowledge on product ingredients, brand products, life-cycle assessment and much more. The project will also benefit from the involvement of Genomatica, a US-based leader in biotechnology who will contribute cutting-edge knowledge on developing and demonstrating innovative bio-based chemical technologies.
Aquafil (Slovenia and Italy)
Life Cycle Engineering (Italy)
Circular Change (Slovenia)
Genomatica (USA) – international partner
The overarching objective of the EFFECTIVE project is to demonstrate innovative and economically viable routes for the production of bio-based polyamides and polyesters from renewable feedstocks to obtain fibres and films with enhanced properties, market competitiveness and increased sustainability.
Technological and industrial objectives
Validate the production of sustainable feedstock
Demonstrate innovative conversion processes for the production of building blocks from sustainable feedstock
Demonstrate the production of sustainable and recyclable polyamides
Demonstrate the production of sustainable and biodegradable polyesters and plastics.
Eco-design of a new enhanced structure of products in order to enable the recycling of the different polymers at the end of the product’s life
Demonstrate the recyclability of bio based nylons
Valorize the biodegradable polyester-based products at the end-of-their-life through the production of compost and energy
Improve the environmental profile of the targeted biopolymers
Assess the environmental and economic impacts of the whole process
Validate the polyamides into fibres for the production of sustainable garment and carpet products
Validate the polyamides into films for the production of sustainable primary packaging
Validate the polyesters into films for the production of sustainable secondary packaging.
Social and economic objectives
Create new employment opportunities
Assess the social impact and consumer perception of the biobased products
Adopt a new collaboration model based on a multi-stakeholder approach to foster the link between the bio-economy and the circular economy.
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