What is Econyl®? The story of trash turned into treasure
"When a leaf falls from a tree, nature breaks it down and regenerates from this leaf new useful components. We have found a revolutionary system that allows us to do the same with nylon: the Econyl® regeneration system. "
This is how the video presentation of the Aquafil Group, the creator of Econyl®, begins.
Econyl® is a high-quality Nylon, called Polyamide 6, which is a fiber regenerated from waste.
Since 1969 the Italian group Aquafil has been one of the major players in the production of Polyamide 6.
Its objective is to be a leader in the production of synthetic fibers, paying particular attention to sustainable development.
In 2008, Aquafil created a new production unit called "energy and recycling" to implement real measures in favor of the environment.
This division supported all production units to promote the principles of sustainable development, energy-saving, and the use of recycled materials.
In 2011, this production unit launched the "Econyl®" project to produce nylon threads from recycled materials.
Indeed, Econyl® is a type of high-quality nylon made entirely from waste.
The Econyl® regeneration system is an innovative regeneration system for the production of nylon.
This system regenerates nylon from recycled waste before and after consumption. It can be end-of-life products such as fishing nets recovered from the oceans, abandoned carpets, and even recycled clothing, but also industrial waste or production scraps found in factories.
There are 6 steps to create Econyl:
- Waste collection industrial waste and manufacturing scraps
- Preparation to clean and ready
- depolymerization to extract Caprolactam and eliminate foreign substance
- transformation to convert technical fibers into threads
- re-marketing to put finished products back on the market
And voilà! I hope you enjoy learning about the different stages of manufacturing Econyl®! I think it's always great to learn more about the different materials we wear.
For more information about Econyl® , don't' hesitate to check their website by clicking here