Econyl regenerated nylon is made out of waste that’s been rescued from landfills and oceans around the world. It performs exactly like brand new nylon and can be recycled, recreated and remolded again and again. Virgin nylon depletes resources. Econyl has a positive environmental impact because it can be recycled infinitely. Econyl can be regenerated an infinite number of times without quality issues since it is a chemical recycling system, not a mechanical one. Econyl is generated from waste from pre-consumer textile scraps and industrial plastic as well as post-consumer waste including used carpets and fishing nets. For every 10,000 tons of Econyl raw material, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved. Using Econyl also reduces the global warming impact of nylon by up to 80 per cent compared with the material generated from oil. Designers can have the option to create styles using regenerated nylon over and over again without having to tap new resources to create virgin nylon.
Econyl was developed by the Aquafil Group in 2011. Aquafil, based in Italy, is a leading manufacturer of synthetic fibers for the textile industry. The company was established more than 50 years ago and is focused on developing material for the carpet and apparel industries. Over the past decade Aquafil has invested significant resources in the research and development of sustainable materials.