DECOAT – Boosting circularity of coated textiles

In the European H2020 project DECOAT research has been performed to remove coatings and paints from textile and plastics substrates, and so enabling circularity. Nowadays these multi-layered products end up in incineration or landfill. By removing the coating/paint, the bulk material can be further processed. Removing the coatings is done by incorporating specially designed triggers into the adhesive layers. At end-of-life, these additives are activated, leading to debonding of the coating. The envisaged triggering actions are microwave radiation, heat and moist. Removal of the coatings can also be achieved via a solvation process, which is also being assessed. This presentation will focus on the obtained results on debonding of textile substrates. 

About Stijn Van Vrekhem

Stijn Van Vrekhem is a research scientist at the “Textile Finishing & Surface Modification” research group of Centexbel. He has a background in material science and focusses on projects concerning circular economy in the textile and plastics industry.