Since ECONYL nylon was created in 2011, designers have been able to create beautiful carpets while preserving our environment. Made from waste, ECONYL offers up to a 90 percent reduction in global warming potential | Source: ECONYL

ECONYL: The Sustainable Textile Designers are Loving

Driven by the rise of fast fashion, the fashion industry has rapidly become one of the most polluting industries on the planet. Second, only to the oil industry, fashion continues to be a major contributor to global warming, with the industry accounting for 10 per cent of global carbon emissions and nearly 20 per cent of wastewater.

Fortunately, the environmental impact of fashion, particularly fast fashion, is becoming more widely known. And in combatting the industry’s effects on the planet, more and more brands are implementing new ways to create pieces while minimising environmental damage. That’s where Aquafil’s product, ECONYL comes in.

What is ECONYL?

Produced by Italian textile supplier, Aquafil, the traditional nylon alternative called ECONYL offers a circular future for one of the least eco-friendly fabrics in fashion.

Made using old carpets destined for landfills, old fishing nets, scraps from designers and pre-consumer waste, ECONYL is based on a standardised recycling system. Rather than producing more products, Aquafil takes this nylon waster and puts it through a regeneration and purification process to produce nylon that is essentially recycled back to its original purity.

For every 10,000 tonnes of ECONYL raw material produced, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 65,1000 tonnes of CO2 eq. emissions are avoided.

In essence, Econyl is the most sustainable way of obtaining nylon without compromising on quality.

Brands on the ECONYL bandwagon

After launching in 2011, ECONYL was soon adopted by flooring companies before becoming a staple sustainable textile in the fashion industry. Today, recycled nylon is used by the likes of Gucci, Adidas, Lonchamp and Salvatore Ferragamo.

From outerwear to accessories, Ferragamo uses regenerated nylon fibre throughout its collections. In an interview with the Italian designer brand, Aquafil’s Chairman and CEO Giulio Bonazzi spoke to ECONYL’s crucial role in fashion.

Fashion should make products that are not ‘disposable,’ but increasingly beautiful and valuable instead; something you can assimilate to art. 

Giulio Bonazzi, Chairman and CEO of Aquafil

Through innovative recycling systems like Aquafil’s, ECONYL reduces the global warming impact of nylon by 90 per cent compared to the standard process using oil.

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