Bio-based antimicrobial coatings and finishes for textiles
The aim of Bio-AmiCoFitex is to develop bio-based antibacterial and antifungal textile finishes and coatings complying with the criteria of the new biocide regulation. Because the rules and procedures to introduce biocidal products on the market will become much stricter, the textile industry has to look for non-hazardous alternative biocides. Biocides are used to prevent the growth of microorganisms.
Microorganisms are responsible for bad smells, the transmission of infectants and the degradation of materials. Biocides must be applied in a delicate balance, respecting human and environmental safety while being effective against bacteria, algae and fungi. Biocidal products often contain substances of concern and have allergic, carcinogenic, neurotoxic or endocrine disrupting properties.
The project will explore the implementation of renewable materials with antibacterial or antifungal properties and will focus on materials that are present in food and beverages or used in food processing. This involves a new approach of developing antimicrobial coatings for textiles, based on natural sources. The aim is to develop non-toxic, flexible and durable antimicrobial coatings, requiring minor optimisation and up-scaling and thus in reach of SMEs. Different application areas will be considered: sportswear, carpets, socks, bedding and upholstery, table linen, outdoor textiles...