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RadiciGroup to evaluate impact of products on sea water
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RadiciGroup, an Italian manufacturer of polyamide and polyester yarns is collaborating with CNR-ISMAC Institute in Biella by participating in the Mermaids project.

“The demonstration project is among those approved within the framework of the LIFE+13 programme, the European financial project for the environment,” a Radici press release informed.

According to Radici, the environmental impact of microplastics on marine ecosystems is a complex issue, which has been a topic of debate for quite some time.

“The problem has many causes, one of which involves the release of micro and nanoplastic particles from synthetic fibres into wastewater during the laundry of synthetic or mixed fabrics,” it explained.

“This particular aspect which accounts for an estimated 10 per cent of microplastic pollution as a whole is the subject of a collaborative project that RadiciGroup is working on with CNR-ISMAC,” the company observed.

Mermaids' main objective is to contribute to the mitigation of the impact caused by micro and nanoplastic particles resulting from laundry wastewater on European sea ecosystems.

The project will do this by demonstrating and implementing innovative technologies and additives for laundry processes and textile finishing treatments.

Every wash of synthetic or mixed fabrics releases fibre fragments, from less than 5 millimetres to only a few microns in length, which wastewater treatment plants are not able to capture.

“We decided to collaborate with the Biella CNR-ISMAC Institute, a partner and active participant in the Mermaids project to reduce these fibre fragments,” Filippo Servalli, marketing manager of RadiciGroup said.

Studies have already conducted by CNR-ISMAC, including tests on knitwear samples made of RadiciGroup polyamide and polyester continuous yarn.

These studies have revealed these products have contributed to identifying a series of factors responsible for the release of microplastic fibre fragments from textiles containing synthetic fibres.

The CNR-ISMAC team identified the intensity of the treatment and the type of detergent used, as among the most critical factors having a major influence on the release of microplastic fibres.

Other secondary factors were also evaluated, such as, the characteristics of the textile substrate like compactness, pilling propensity, seams and fibre characteristics and continuous filament treatments like bulking and dyeing.

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