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LIFE Partner Search: Coordinator looks for partners to recover the PU (polyurethane) from footwear waste and develop new products for the footwear industry, completing a circular economy model

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ABSTRACT

A Spanish SME leads a proposal aimed to recover PU (polyurethane) from waste of the footwear industry. They search three partners with these roles: design, prototyping and manufacturing of elastomeric parts, pultruded composite profiles and molded composite parts; carbon footprint assays and life cycle assessment of the final products; production of footwear to validate the circular economy model. The proposal will be submitted to the LIFE subprogramme “Circular economy and quality of life”.


FULL DESCRIPTION

The PU (polyurethane) is an important part of the shoe soles, so it is always present in the waste coming from the footwear industry that ends up in landfills generating environmental risks.

The Spanish SME designs, develops and optimizes polymeric and elastomeric materials for their subsequent use in various industrial sectors, especially in the footwear sector. They are strongly committed to R&D activities and projects.

They are preparing a proposal entitled “LIFE PURETECH: PU REcycling TECHnology for wastes derived from the footwear industry” to be submitted to the subprogramme “Circular economy and quality of life” within the LIFE Programme.

The aim of the project is to recover the PU (polyurethane) from the waste derived from the footwear industry, such as the PU which is present in shoe soles, through mechanical pre-treatment and a novel chemical recycling process. With this recovered PU, it is intended to develop new formulations and products for the footwear industry, contributing in this way to reduce the amount of waste that ends up accumulated in landfills and that generates environmental risks and closing a cycle belonging to the currents of the circular economy.

The SME acting as coordinator of the project will be responsible for the PU recovery from footwear waste, using their own novel PU waste recycling process (through chemical recycling).

They already count on a textile RTO in the consortium with +300 employees whose role is the pre-treatment of wastes (crushing, separation, sorting, etc.) in their own recycling facilities.

To complete the consortium, they are looking for three project partners with the following competences:
o Design, prototyping and manufacturing of elastomeric parts (rubber, silicone, LSR -Liquid Silicone Rubber-, TPE -Thermoplastic Elastomers- and polyurethane), pultruded composite profiles and molded composite parts (enterprise)
o Carbon footprint assays and life cycle assessments for the final products (enterprise or research entity)
o Production of footwear prototypes in order to validate the circular economy model (enterprise)

Funding programme: Programme for Environment and Climate Action (LIFE). Circular Economy and Quality of Life - Standard Action Projects (SAP) (LIFE-2021-SAP-ENV)

Official deadline for the call: 30 November 2021

Deadline for EoIs: 30 October 2021

Anticipated duration of the project: 24 Months


Partner expertise sought:

- Specific area of activity of the partner: - Type of partner sought: SMEs, technology centre, university…
- Task to be performed
Coordinator SME is looking for project partners with the following competences:
o Design, prototyping and manufacturing of elastomeric parts (rubber, silicone, LSR -Liquid Silicone Rubber-, TPE -Thermoplastic Elastomers- and polyurethane), pultruded composite profiles and molded composite parts (enterprise)
o Carbon footprint assays and life cycle assessments for the final products (enterprise or research entity)
o Production of footwear prototypes in order to validate the circular economy model (enterprise)


Development Stage:

Proposal under development


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KEY INFORMATION

Country of origin
SPAIN
Profile date
04/10/2021
Deadline
30/10/2021

PARTNERSHIP(S) SOUGHT

Research cooperation agreement

CLASSIFICATIONS

INDUSTRY SECTORS
Industrial Manufacture \ Materials \ Environment & Protecting Man \ Recycling & Waste Management \ Renewables \ Textiles, Leather & Footwear
TECHNOLOGY KEYWORDS
INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Materials Technology / Plastics, Polymers / PROTECTING MAN AND ENVIRONMENT / Environment / Climate Change mitigation / PROTECTING MAN AND ENVIRONMENT / Environment / Clean Production / Green Technologies / PROTECTING MAN AND ENVIRONMENT / Environment / Life Cycle Assessment / PROTECTING MAN AND ENVIRONMENT / Waste Management / Recycling, Recovery
COMMERCIAL KEYWORDS
Manufacture of footwear / Treatment and disposal of non-hazardous waste / Recovery of sorted materials / Other research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
MARKET KEYWORDS
CONSUMER RELATED / Consumer Products / Clothing, shoes and accessories (including jewellery) / INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS / Chemicals and Materials / Polymer (plastics) materials / INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS / Pollution and Recycling Related / Chemical and solid material recycling / OTHER / Manufacturing / Other manufacturing (not elsewhere classified)

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Contact Enterprise Europe Network Scotland by email at info@enterprise-europe-scotland.com, quoting reference number RDES20210928001

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