Prada launches a pioneering new project, Re-Nylon, introducing a sustainable line of iconic Prada bag silhouettes executed in a unique new regenerated nylon, ECONYL®. The product of a partnership between Prada and the textile yarn producer Aquafil, ECONYL® nylon is obtained through the recycling and purification process of plastic waste collected from oceans, fishing nets, and textile fibre waste. ECONYL® yarn, through a process of depolymerization and re-polymerisation, can be recycled indefinitely, with no loss of quality.
Prada Re-Nylon In-depth Information - What is ECONYL®? ECONYL® is a regenerated-nylon yarn that can be recycled an indefinite number of times without affecting the quality of the material.
Prada Re-Nylon project is the product of a partnership between Prada and the textile yarn producer Aquafil, an Italian company with over half a century of expertise in creating synthetic fibers. Across a number of years, Aquafil has invested heavily in ground-breaking research and development of sustainable materials, producing new from old. ECONYL® yarn is made of recycling discarded plastic that has been collected from landfill sites and oceans across the whole planet. The production process: • Gathering of waste materials: fishing nets, discarded nylon, carpet and industrial waste are sorted and cleaned to maximize the quantity of recuperated nylon. • Regeneration and purification: through a chemical de-polymerization procedure, the nylon waste is recycled right back to its original purity. • At production plants in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Arco, Italy, the recycled materials is re-transformed into polymers and threads through a new polymerization process. For every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® created, 70,000 barrels of petroleum are saved. This reduces environmental emissions of CO2 by 57,100 tons. By choosing to use ECONYL®, the impact of petroleum-fuelled nylon-production on global warming will be reduced by 80%.