Fashion designers are starting to notice one resource that is taking the textile industry by storm: ECONYL® yarn, made from
100-percent regenerated nylon. Many designers and startups are
excited about the idea of using sustainable ingredients for their
own collections, and they are choosing ECONYL yarn both for its
environmental features and the story behind the product.
In April 2016, Levi Strauss Co. became the first denim brand to
use ECONYL yarn when it incorporated the fiber into a new men’s
collection. Finding alternatives to water-intensive raw materials such
as cotton is a critical component of the company’s shift to a circular
economy, and ECONYL yarn is helping to bring this vision to life.
Now, Gucci has become the first fashion luxury brand to adopt
ECONYL yarn by purchasing fabric made of the proprietary material for
men’s outerwear. “Gucci is at the forefront of sustainable good practices,
and the high quality of ECONYL yarn is able to replace the traditional
material in Gucci’s luxury fabrics without any compromise in quality,”
said Giulio Bonazzi, CEO of Aquafil, the company that makes ECONYL.
“Gucci would never accept something below its superior standards.”
According to an article featured on Observer, the use of ECONYL
creative director Alessandro Michele, but rather an attempt for the
brand to further its sustainable footprint.”
Today, more than 50 textile brands such as Levi Strauss,
Outerknown, Adidas, Speedo, Gucci, and more are using ECONYL
yarn in their products, and inspiring other designers to follow suit.
ECONYL yarn is the only commercially available ingredient made of
100-percent regenerated material with at least 50 percent of it being
post-consumer waste. Best of all, this regenerated nylon has no loss
of quality from virgin material. The ECONYL Regeneration System by
Aquafil turns old nylon waste into new products. Through the Healthy
Seas Initiative, Aquafil partners with local divers to recover old fishing
nets and other ghost gear that trap and kill marine life in the oceans.
Aquafil also collects and shears the face fiber of spent carpets and
uses other nylon waste to create ECONYL yarn.
ECONYL Yarn Making
Fishing nets are collected for use in the ECONYL® Regeneration System
by Aquafil to create the 100-percent regenerated nylon yarn.