Reuse of fabric remnants generated during the production of filter cloths


During the manufacture of textile filters, different kind of wastes are generated. The challenge is to find a possible application for this remains which can be applied to another sector.

Keywords: sustainability, waste materials, reuse, advanced textiles


The hackathon is free. To attend the hackathon, you must be student of one of the participating institutions (University of Borås, Sweden; Politecnico di Milano, School of Design, Italy; Design School Kolding, Denmark; LCI Barcelona – Escuela Superior de Diseño y Moda, Spain), enrolled at the time of the Hackathon. The Hackathon is entirely virtual, you would need only to connect from your laptop or computer with a stable internet connection. You can work remotely from your home. To develop and present the design solution you would need the design software you already use. You will work in a team of four students. Participants will be grouped by the Hackathon staff.


  • Applications were open until 15/01/2021. Available places are limited: for this Hackathon, only 20 students will be selected, 5 from each participating institution (University of Borås, Sweden; Politecnico di Milano, School of Design, Italy; Design School Kolding, Denmark; LCI Barcelona – Escuela Superior de Diseño y Moda, Spain).
  • Selected participants will be announced on 18-22 January 2021. The participants will be grouped into five international and multi-background teams.
  • The virtual hackathon will take place from 28th January 2021 – 12 PM (noon) to 29th January 2021 – 12 PM (noon). The five teams will be competing in the challenge and working remotely to develop and deliver a solution within 24 hours.
  • Evaluation. At the end of the Hackathon, the submitted solutions will be evaluated by a committee of experts to select the winner group.
  • Prize. The winner will have the possibility to participate in a 1-week Summer School in Milan in June 2021 for free.


Finsa, Filtros Industriales SL
Specialists in filtration, manufacture of technical fabrics for industrial filters. FINSA was founded in 1978 as a continuation of the old textile fashion factory Sala y Badrinas, located in Terrassa (Barcelona). Taking advantage of all the experience in the textile industry, Finsa developed its activity in the field of technical fabrics and industrial filtration. In 2013, since becoming a part of Job | group, a family group of Swedish origin, together this allowed us to achieve an exceptional position worldwide and become the leader in the filtration market.


Dani Alcalà Alvarez
Quality & R+D Manager FINSA, Filtros Industriales

Venere Ferraro
PhD, Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Design Department

Astrid Mody
Architect maa, PhD, Postdoc at Design for Planet – Lab for Sustainability an Design – Design School Kolding

Razieh Hashemi Sanatgar
PhD, Researcher in Textile Materials Technology at Department of Textile Technology – University of Borås

Àlex Jiménez Higueras
Lead Project Manager at LCI Barcelona / Co-founder & Design Director at NUT Creatives

Ariadna Detrell
Cluster Manager at AEI Tèxtils

Tia Bilali
Project Manager at CRE.THI.DEV (Creative Thinking Development)

Silvana Laudoni
EU project manager and business consultant at CIAPE (Italian Center for Lifelong Learning)