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Cluster #1: Ecosystex

tExtended is part of ECOSYSTEX, the European Community of Practice for a Sustainable Textile Ecosystem, with the mission to accelerate collaboration in the textile sustainability and circularity field.

This network of textile circularity projects aims to create a long-term community of practice, ensuring collaboration across project consortia and lasting beyond the individual projects’ durations, and it is facilitated by the Textile ETP, with support from the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency (REA), the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) and the Circular-Biobased Europe Joint Undertaking.


ALIGNED will collaborate with industries and representatives from five Bio-Based Sectors: Construction, Woodworking, Textile, Pulp and Paper, and Bio-Chemicals to harmonize and advance the scientific use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in the bio-based sector. The models and tools developed in ALIGNED will allow to perform high-quality assessment studies across the bio-based Sectors, with industrial relevance and interoperability.


The Bio-LUSH project aims to demonstrate a reliable value chain that exploits the cell wall structure of underexplored plant resources in Europe to extract high-quality fibers. By combining plant selection, traditional breeding, efficient valorization routes, and advanced fiber characterization, the project ensures the production of high-value fibers with short-term market potential. These fibers are directed towards sustainable bio-based products such as textiles, food packaging, and reinforced composites.


CIRPASS is a collaborative initiative to prepare the ground for the gradual piloting and deployment of a standards-based Digital Product Passport (DPP) aligned with the requirements of the Proposal for Ecodesign for Sustainable Product Regulations (ESPR), with an initial focus on the electronics, batteries, and textile sectors.


CISUTAC aims to remove current bottlenecks in order to increase textile circularity in Europe. The objective is to minimise the sector’s total environmental impact by developing sustainable, novel, and inclusive large-scale European value chains. CISUTAC covers a relevant part of the textile sector and shows how to close loops at product and at material level, focusing on polyester and cotton in fashion, workwear & PPE, and active goods.


The project focuses on the actions of Combining, Re-engineering, Applying, Futuring, Transforming, Stretching, or CRAFTS, as a means of cultivating craft skills in textile colouration, transform traditional processes, and shape cultural practices into sustainable, cutting-edge solutions for the future of bio-based practices in creative industries and industrial scale textile production. Colour4CRAFTS follows different avenues of research and aims to transform the traditional processes into sustainable cutting-edge processes which support creative industries and futures’ green deal objectives.


EFFECTIVE aims to design bio-based polyamides and polyesters from renewable feedstocks rather than crude oil, and manufacture greener and structurally improved fibers and films, and to showcase the use of bio-based ingredients in a wide array of mass-produced consumer products across multiple markets, such as construction, automotive, packaging, garments, carpets and textiles. The project wants 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.


The Glaukos project will develop biobased textile fibres and textile coatings that are adapted to the needs of the 21st century. The complete life cycle of clothing and fishing gear will be redesigned, their sustainability performance will be enhanced significantly, while their technical performance will be matched to end-user requirements. The ambition is to significantly reduce the carbon and plastic footprint of clothing and fishing gear.


GRETE aims to improve the existing textile value chain by developing novel and better solutions for wood pulp modification, cellulose dissolution and fibre quality generation with improved technical properties, complying market needs and sustainability requirements, and demonstrating the reduction in emissions and energy saving through life-cycle assessment.


HackThatFashion will provide a capability building program and matchmaking platform that will aim to connect and match fashion designers and fashion SMEs, but also to provide guidance to create potential business initiatives from the initial stages of the project and remain open to synergies throughout the whole duration of it. To transfer innovation, HackThatFashion’s approach involves the use of Design logics. Design Thinking and design-driven innovation are used as the method and process to facilitate technology and sustainability adoption – humanising technology.


HEREWEAR aims at the creation of a European ecosystem for locally produced circular textiles and clothing made from bio-based resources. The bio-based material solutions will build further on the latest bio-based polyester and cellulose developments.


S4Fashion empowers medium-sized enterprises to introduce new sustainable and circular economy products, services, methods, tools, and business models for the fashion industry. The project aims to identify the best and up to date practices for a greener fashion sector, and it will produce new evidence-based knowledge on sustainability and circular economy for the fashion industry and share its findings with the whole ecosystem of the European fashion community.


The main goal of PROPLANET is to design and optimise 3 innovative coatings for the following industrial sectors: textile, food packaging, and glass. The developed solutions will be cost-effective, high-functional, safe, and sustainable, aiming to substitute current PFAS-type coatings.


In the framework of the European Green Deal, RegioGreenTex is a project promoting the collaboration in research and development for the textile industry to establish a systematic circular economy business model across the EU. RegioGreenTex promotes the collaboration in research and development between 43 partners from the four major sectors of society – industry, government, research institutes, and the public – for the textile industry.


r-LightBioCom aims to combine efforts of multidisciplinary actors from industry and research institutions to promote a paradigm shift from current linear composite value chains to circular ones. The main objective of r-LightBioCom is to reduce environmental impact of the new lightweight high-performance composites, not only during their production but also during their operational life and after achieving their final lifetime due to inherent recyclability properties, while providing improved mechanical properties, weight reduction and new functionalities.


IRISS – International SSbD network aims to connect, synergize and transform the Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design community in Europe and globally towards a lifecycle approach, with a holistic integration of safety, climate neutrality, circularity and functionality already in an early stage of designing and manufacturing materials, products and processes. The project responds to meet the EU Green Deal, EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, and UN Sustainable Development Goals.


The My-fi project targets the development of responsible fabrics composed of a new and innovative material based on mycelium micro-fibres, to meet the latest market demands for beautiful, sustainable and functional materials. By valorising other industries’ residues, MY-FI will contribute to implement a cross-sectoral approach to Circular Economy, enhancing the competitiveness of local value chains.


The New Cotton Project aims to break new ground by demonstrating an entirely circular model for commercial garment production. The consortium of brands, manufacturers, suppliers, innovators, and research institutes participating in the project will prove that circular, sustainable fashion is not only an ambition, but can be achieved today. The project also aims to act as an inspiration and steppingstone for further, even bigger circular initiatives in the industry going forward.


SCIRT stands for System Circularity & Innovative Recycling of Textiles. The SCIRT project aims to demonstrate a complete textile-to-textile recycling system for discarded clothing—or post-consumer textiles—involving stakeholders throughout the value chain and focusing on the recycling of natural fibres, synthetic fibres and fibre blends. The project will support policy measures and tools to facilitate the transition towards a circular system for apparel.


SUSTRACK is a project aimed at supporting policymakers in their efforts to develop sustainable pathways to replace fossil and carbon-intensive systems with sustainable circular biobased systems at the EU and regional scale, contributing to achieving the European Green Deal’s objectives. The project will support policy makers and industries in their efforts to develop sustainable pathways to replace fossil-based, carbon-intensive systems with circular, bio-based systems.


The T-REX Project will collect and sort household textile waste and demonstrate the full recycling process of polyester, polyamide 6, and cellulosic materials from textile waste into new garments. It aims to demonstrate sustainable and economically feasible business models for each actor along the value chain, conduct lifecycle analysis of the circular process, integrate digital tools that streamline the process of closed loop textile recycling, and produce circular design guidelines.


TRICK will provide affordable and standardised enabler to move SMEs closer to circular economy. The project supports the adoption, tracing, and demonstration of sustainable approaches by means of an innovative and circular product information management system, based on a data collection platform secured by Blockchain and integrated with an open marketplace for the matched services.


The Waste2BioComp project aims to demonstrate relevant scale production of bio-based products and materials, as alternatives to replace traditional materials with a high environmental footprint, using innovative manufacturing technologies in Textiles, Packaging and Footwear. Waste2BioComp will have a significant impact on the reduction of the use of fossil-based materials, also with potential for several other sectors and applications.


White Cycle is an innovative European project that aims to process and recycle PET from complex waste and reach the objectives set by the European Union in reducing CO2 emissions by 2030. The project will use innovative sorting technologies, a revolutionary enzymatic recycling process allowing the creation of plastic similar to new, and the manufacturing of new products from these recycled plastics.


The Processes4Planet (P4Planet) Partnership aim is to transform the European process industries to achieve circularity and overall climate neutrality at the EU level by 2050 while enhancing their global competitiveness. P4Planet is a European co-programmed public-private Partnership established between A.SPIRE – as the private entity – and the European Commission in the context of the Cluster 4 (Digital, Industry and Space) of Horizon Europe funding programme.

The systemic shift required to transition to a climate-neutral and circular society calls for more than technological innovation. The spirit of the Processes4Planet Partnership is to promote a holistic systemic socio-economic approach! The Partnership has strategic importance for the European industry, delivering impact on its global technical lead, as well as on the economic growth and creation of new high-skilled jobs.