According to European Commission, 13.1 million tons of poultry meat was produced in the European Union (EU-28) in 2014 with an estimated generation of 3.1 million tons feather waste. At present the majority of poultry feathers are converted into low nutritional value animal food or disposed in landfills, causing environmental and health hazards.

In this context, the overall objective of KaRMA2020 is the industrial exploitation of such underutilized waste to obtain added value raw materials for the chemical sector: keratin, bioplastics, flame retardant coatings, non-woven and thermoset biobased resins.
This will be accomplished through either innovative and sustainable approaches (already patented by some of KaRMA2020 partners), or by conventional and economic techniques.

The obtained raw materials will be manufactured at industrial scale and further used for the production of novel bio-based products such as: slow release fertilizers, biodegradable food packaging plastics, flame retardant coated textiles and flame retardant thermoset biobased composites. The sustainability of the new raw materials and end-products will be evaluated through LCA assessment. Additionally, an integrated waste management plan will be elaborated to minimize environmental impacts generated by wastes.


Making Textiles from Waste, Article by Ine De Vilder and published by Health & Safety International, 2017


Newsletter 2 - January 2018

    First year project results: Centexbel is able to produce very fine feather particles (~5 μm). These particles were added to technical textile coatings in order to improve the breathability and flame retardancy. First screening of the physical properties of the produced coatings is ongoing. Furthermore a first series of keratin based flame retardants were added to different textile coating systems. Compatibility issues between the FRs and the binder systems still need to be solved and will be the focus of the upcoming period.

Newsletter 1 - June 2017

Financement du projet: 
01 Jan 2017
31 Dec 2019