Fiberclean offers new solutions for:


microfibers in yarns, fabrics and garments


of water in industry, laundries and waste plants


the state of the water that reaches rivers and oceans


the entire textile value chain


Approximately 13 million tons of plastics end up in the oceans annually, affecting biodiversity, the economy and potentially our health. Of all the marine debris collected, more than 80% is microfiber, particles smaller than one millimeter in size which can be easily eaten by fish and molluscs, and thus may end up sedimented in our stomachs, severely affecting our health.

Most microfibers come from synthetic textile garments, in each wash up to 17 million microplastics are released into the wastewater stream. In order to solve this problem, solutions have been studied in isolation, but the problem has not been addressed globally and there is still much room for improvement.

The FIBERCLEAN project arises with the objective of obtaining solutions that allow the reduction of microfiber emissions in the entire value chain of the manufacture and maintenance of fabrics and garments. The problem is attacked from 2 different perspectives:

- Research and development of new threads, fabrics and finished products with properties that prevent the release of microfibers during several of the phases of the product's life cycle or that allow them to be revalued.

- Research and development of new technologies related to garment washing and wastewater treatment for the elimination or reduction of microfibers, which are compatible with conventional systems.

The FIBERCLEAN consortium, made up of 12 entities

Latest News

13 February 2020

DAM presents the potential of the FIBERCLEAN project at an international R+D+i forum

Javier Eduardo Sánchez has explained the main aspects of this research that aims to reduce the presence of microplastics in the receiving media.
10 February 2020

Project to reduce plastic microfibers that end up in the seas

It is estimated that a wash of synthetic garments can release around 1,900 fibers of less than one millimeter into the water that the scrubbers cannot filter.
6 October 2019

“It is necessary to study the presence of microplastics in the WWTP”

Silvia Doñate participated in the technical conference "Microplastics: emerging concern in waters", held within the framework of the International Fair for Efficient Water Management (EFIAQUA).
7 June 2019

J. Sánchez: “FIBERCLEAN will help reduce the dumping of microplastics into rivers, seas or lakes”

On the occasion of June 8, World Oceans Day, we spoke with the researcher from DAM (Purification of Mediterranean Waters), Javier Eduardo Sánchez, about the work and main aspects that are being developed in the FIBERCLEAN project
7 March 2019

The end of polluting tissues is near

Textil Santanderina leads a project called Fiberclean, which wants to reduce the emission of microfibers in its manufacturing processes for fabrics and garments.
28 February 2019

Polysistec, 100% involved in the Fiberclean Project

With the Fiberclean Project, it is expected to reduce or eliminate microfibers from the value chain with the use of different technologies, from the development of new fabrics and textiles that can reduce the emission of microfibers during their manufacturing process, also in efficient minimization systems, which can be applicable...

The textile project for cleaner water