Description of the project
The official title of MERMAIDS Life+ project is: mitigation of microplastics impact caused by textile washing processes. Fibers discharged from washing synthetic cloths are a major contributor of the plastic soup. Microplastics concentrate persistent organic pollutants that can be ingested by marine biota, introducing toxic pollutants to the food chain.
The multidisciplinary consortium of the MERMAID project is aiming to mitigate the environmental impact of micro and nanoplastic particles resulting from laundry wastewater on European (sea) ecosystems. It does so by demonstrating and implementing innovative technologies and additives for laundry processes and textile finishing treatments. MERMAIDS is not dealing with developing new technologies, but aims to apply already developed scientific-technological knowledge.
The total budget of the project is €1,287,123.