Within the recently finished FP7 project EcoMeTex (http://www.ecometex.eu/), funded by the European commission, an Ecodesign methodology has been developed for design and product development of textile coverings used in the European construction industry.

Ecodesign Methodology

Figure: Eight steps of the Ecodesign methodology for textile floor coverings adapted in the EcoMeTex project [Pamminger, 2014].

On the one hand the multi-layers of different materials shall ensure a high quality, long lasting textile floor covering product, but on the other hand, these multi-layers have to be easy to separate for recycling. The methodology application to two textile floor covering products revealed the importance of the materials used, and underpins the specific focus on the recyclability of the textile floor coverings. As a result of the project, new product concepts have been developed and tested for their suitability, feasibility of production, and recycling. The approach of the Ecodesign methodology in the EcoMeTex project, and selected results are described in this paper. The transferability of the Ecodesign methodology has been demonstrated by its adaptation and application to a textile covering product for the transport industry.

Detailed information you will find in the project summary report: http://www.ecometex.eu/wp-content/uploads/Pub_synth_report_final.pdf

 

[Pamminger, 2014] Pamminger, R. Diaz, A., Wimmer, W., Report on Implementation of the Ecodesign methodology to textile floor coverings: Code of Practice, ECOMETEX Project, FP7, NMP2-SL-2012-280751