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Econyl : The regenerated nylon

It might amaze you sometimes to see how much waste is being generated and dumped into landfills each year but equally amazing is this small group of companies and ventures who are doing something awesome about this waste, working for the future, so that world still remains a liveable place.  One such initiative in Slovenia, The Healthy Seas Initiative, is producing a yarn called ECONYL® which is recovered nylon from waste fishing nets from landfills and oceans as well as from old carpets. The oceans of the world are the unhappy home to around 640,000 tons1 of discarded nylon fishing nets and are a potential source of killing precious species of non-edible fishes and other marine life. Some 130,000 whales and dolphins and 40,000 seals die every year due to net entanglement.

This recovered nylon will never end up in a landfill because it can be recovered again, and again, hence closing the loop. This never-ending process is proved and certified to produce a more sustainable and high-quality yarn than the one coming from fossil raw material irrespective of the number of times it is regenerated but if the ECONYL® fibre is blended with more than 10% of another fibre – a common one is Elastane – then the resulting fabric is unable to be regenerated through the ECONYL® process again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbKG3GQ2qzk

Using ECONYL® products will help to preserve natural resources by avoiding the extraction of crude oil, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption and by recovering waste material that would otherwise be dumped into landfills or abandoned in nature.

Not just yarn, ECONYL® fiber is converted into textile products like swimwear, socks, carpets, intimates, etc that are stocked by the likes of ASOS, New Balance, Lotto, etc

How they are doing it, click on the video links below. I am sure you’ll be surprised.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=723&v=v9TOMf94ss0

Further Reading References:

1  https://finisterre.com/blogs/fabric-of-finisterre/econyl-2017

2 http://source.ethicalfashionforum.com/article/from-waste-to-wear-econyl-recycled-nylon-is-cleaning-up-our-seas

3 https://divesangha.com/pages/econyl

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