In the past two years, a Portuguese company has started two social responsible companies in Portugal with a focus on highlighting plastic pollution in Portuguese oceans while implementing Circular Economy practices. They are creating sustainable swimwear made from recycled fabrics (originated from fishing-nets and recycled plastic bottles) - contributing to a more sustainable future.
The company wants to establish a technical cooperation agreement and/ or a research cooperation agreement.
Cooperation plus value:
According to World Economic Report, it is estimated that there are over 150 million tons of plastic in the ocean and that each year an additional 8 million tons are leaked. All this plastic will, over a long period of time, release very small plastic particles, which are commonly referred to as micro plastics. Synthetic fibers, like polyester and nylon, are in fact types of plastic and these are currently some of the most used fabrics in the world. Similarly to other types of plastic, these materials when washed, release the very same micro plastics into water stream, ultimately ending up in our oceans and in our food chain.
The company intends to develop a system called Micro Catch, designed to be used during the washing process of synthetic clothing in order to prevent micro plastics from going into the water stream, rivers, oceans, and ultimately into the food people eat.
As households and water treatment stations are not able to filter and prevent micro plastics from going into the water streams, mainly due to their small particle size (<5 millimetres), the company aims at developing a functional product that will be adaptable, user-friendly and affordable enough to be used in as many households and institutions as possible and that tackles this problem more effectively than the current solutions available.
From initial talks with potential partners, the company is currently analysing different technologies that may be more efficient in preventing the spreading of micro plastics.
Cooperation stage dev stage:
The Portuguese company is looking to outsource the R&D activities to a research organization that shall cooperate with industrial companies, universities and research centres in Europe.
The project will be led by the Portuguese company, and it will facilitate communication between all parties involved. They expect the R&D partner to lead the products development and testing developments and provide expertise in the area.
They want to establish a research cooperation agreement and/ or a technical cooperation agreement