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Zero Microplastics Challenge 2020

The purpose of the innovation competition is to contribute to a faster reduction of microplastics emissions from textile washing. The competition will accelerate the market introduction of filter solutions with the aim of paving the way for criteria for microplastics emissions in the Ecodesign Directive for washing machines and filter solutions.


The project is an international innovation competition - Zero Microplastics Challenge 2020 - which aims to significantly reduce emissions of microplastics from textile washing before the effects of the renewed Eco-design directive hit the market and society. The competition is expected to stimulate players to accelerate the development of market-based solutions to help achieve SDG6 and 14 without sacrificing other sustainability goals such as SDG 13 to combat climate change.

The Challenge is aimed directly at both established players in textile laundry industry and also various players that can contribute with innovative ideas and concepts such as startups.

Stages and timeline 

2020-09-21 Start of submittal of Entries (initial Solutions and Teams) 

2020-10-16 Screening of Entries starts and last date to send in solutions 

2020-10-29 Virtual Kick-off 

2020-11-04 Virtual WS #1

2020-11-18 Virtual WS #2 

2020-11-23 Last date to submit the physical part of the solution and final evaluation starts

2020-12-16 Final Event and Period of "beyond of contest" starts

Submission of your Solution

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Rules of the Challenge

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Project name

Zero Microplastics Challenge 2020




Västra Götaland Region

RISE role in project


Project start




IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Project members from IVL, Elin Eriksson, Lisbeth Dahllöf, Sara Sköld


Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

6. Clean water and sanitation
Johan Östling

Contact person

Johan Östling

Senior Project Manager

+46 10 228 40 50

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