Circular Change part of a multi-nation team winning a grant to improve the sustainability of fibres, plastics

We are proud to announce that Circular Change will take part in the project EFFECTIVE, a ground-breaking international R&R project, financed by the European Horizon 2020 programme, will begin in June 2018. The coordinator of the consortium is Aquafil Slovenia while Circular Change will be responsible for communication and dissemination. 

Introducing the EFFECTIVE project

The consortium was awarded a grant from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), a

a public/private partnership between the European Union and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). The grant, for 7.1 million euros, is for the “EFFECTIVE” project, which aims to demonstrate first of its kind and economically viable ways to produce more sustainable fibres and plastic films. The focus is on making biobased polyamides and polyesters from renewable feedstocks rather than oil and gas and aims to accelerate progress toward a more circular economy and responsible use of materials. The project intends to enable the use of biobased ingredients to go into widely-used consumer products across multiple markets, such as construction, automotive, packaging, garments, carpets, and textile, and demonstrate improved ways of recycling or biodegrading materials.

The participants in the EFFECTIVE project include 12 companies in 7 countries, specializing in:

  • renewable feedstocks;
  • conversion technologies, including fermentation-based techniques of making widely-used chemicals
  • from renewable feedstocks;
  • makers of intermediate and finished products;
  • major consumer brands;
  • recycling and biodegradability experts;
  • and sustainability advisors.

The EFFECTIVE project will be coordinated by AquafilSLO (Slovenia) and includes Aquafil S.p.A (Italy), Novamont (Italy), Südzucker (Germany), Carvico (Italy), Vaude (Germany), Balsan (France), H&M Group (Sweden), Bio-Mi (Croatia), CIRCE (Spain), Life Cycle Engineering (Italy) and Circular Change (Slovenia). The team believes that this multi-stakeholder approach can greatly accelerate widespread adoption and deployment of new technologies, along with both economic and sustainability benefits. 

Moreover, the project will also benefit from the significant involvement of Genomatica, a U.S.-based leader in biotechnology, which will contribute to the project by developing and demonstrating the innovative biobased chemical technology.

The project, which will officially start in June 2018, is part of the European Union H2020 programme to stimulate investments towards the development of a sustainable and circular biobased economy.

More details, updates on the project activities and progress, contacts and other information, will be available on the project website, which will be online soon.