This website provides public information about the Decocoat project. The project was initiated by the coordinator, Centexbel, and funded by EU's FP7 - Research for the benefit of SMEs.
Official start date of the project was January 1st 2010. The duration of the project was 24 months, and the project ended on February 29th 2012. The Final Meeting was held on December 20-21st in Almelo, the Netherlands, hosted by Schmits.
DeCoCoat is short for Development of ECOlogical friendly and flexible production processes for textile COATings based on innovative polyolefine polymer formulations.
The European textile industry is confronted with a constant increase of ecological awareness. For instance, soft PVC is coming under ecological pressure. The polymer not only has high halogen content, but also requires the use of plasticisers.
Some of these (e.g. specific phthalates) are toxic and can alter the expression of gender characteristics and are leading to a lowered fertility. Some of these chemicals are already banned from selected textile applications (e.g. baby’s clothing) via legislation or eco-labels such as Ökotex. Consumer organisation and ecologists are raising the pressure further to limit the use of these products.