During the development of LIFE TEXTILEATHER project, and by means of the application of MLSE technology, the setting up of a feasible procedure for textile and leather functionalisation is expected.

From a technical point of view, the following results are expected:

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• Textiles for houseware and upholstery, Class 1;

• Leather and textiles for footwear and garment with limited flame spread.

Hydrophobic properties

• Hydrophobic and/or oleophobic properties: Leather and textiles for town/casual footwear, water penetration time over 30 min, water absorption after 2h < 30%;

• Leather and textiles for waterproof footwear, water penetration time over 180 min and water absorption after 3h < 25%;

• Leather and textiles for footwear, oil repellency, at least class 5;

• Textiles for upholstery, oil repellency, at least class 5;

• Textiles for houseware, oil repellency, at least class 4.

Antimicrobial properties

• Textile for houseware and upholstery with bacterial activity reduction ≥95 %

• Leather and textiles for footwear and garment with bacterial activity reduction ≥ 99 %.

From an environmental point of view, the following results are xpected:

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• 75% reduction of water consumption in the considered finishing processes, which means a reduction by 2% of total water consumption in textile and leather facilities.

• 10-15% reduction in the total power consumption and by more than 90% in the finishing process.

• About 10% reduction in consumption of chemicals during the whole production process and by more than 90% in the finishing process.

As a consequence, a reduction of the environmental costs of textile and tanning industries is foreseen.

Last, but not least, higher added value textile and leather products will be obtained, which will provide the European industry with new niche markets.