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What is Econyl®? The story of trash turned into treasure
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What is Econyl®? The story of trash turned into treasure

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"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:

  1. Waste collection industrial waste and manufacturing scraps
  2. Preparation to clean and ready 
  3. depolymerization to extract Caprolactam and eliminate foreign substance
  4. polymerization
  5. transformation to convert technical fibers into threads
  6. 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