Created by Aquafil, Econyl is a regenerated nylon fibre manufactured from synthetic post-consumer waste materials such as abandoned fishing nets, industrial plastic and waste fabric. Those materials are recycled and regenerated into a new nylon yarn with the exact same quality features as nylon.
Nylon 6 is widely being used around the world. From parachutes and tents, to footwear and clothing. But more importantly, thanks to its superior adhesion to rubber, nylon 6 is an ideal medium to produce cord fabric like fishing nets. It’s these nets that are causing a huge problem to marine life. Nets that are left behind in the ocean trap marine life and pollute our seas.Since Econyl has all the properties of traditional Nylon 6, it also has the same wide range of uses. It provides a green solution by using discarded fishing nets and reclaimed marine debris to produce a fabric which can be regenerated over and over again. At the same time, it reduces the pressure we put on the oceans and their inhabitants.
There are several ecological benefits provided by Econyl. It doesn’t only clean up the seas and saves thousands of sea life every year. For every ton of raw material recycled, 7 barrels of crude oil are saved and 5.7 tonnes of CO2 emissions are avoided. Thanks to its regeneration system that focuses on 6 steps, a closed loop is created supporting a circular economy. The regenerative steps are waste collection, cleaning and shredding, depolymerise to extract nylon, polymerise, transform to yarn, and finally re-commercialised as textile products which could be recycled infinitely with no loss in quality.Econyl is often used in sustainable swimwear. But it’s essential to keep in mind that Econyl can still shed plastic microparticles when being washed or soaked in water. These micro plastics could end up in the ocean and consequently into our food chain. So pick out clothes made from this material which you don’t have to wash regularly.