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Fashion's future: ECONYL


Fashion's future: ECONYL
Fashion's future: ECONYL

Aquafil, headquartered in Italy, spearheads a transformative campaign to revolutionize the conversation around textile waste. The core thrust of their endeavor centers on championing fiber-to-fiber recycling, a pivotal response to the staggering global issue of an annual 12.6 million tons of discarded textiles.


Venturing into a recycling facility in Slovenia, discarded fishing nets and carpets undergo a remarkable metamorphosis into ECONYL. This nylon yarn, boasting infinite recyclability, stands as a testament to Aquafil's inventive strategy in addressing challenging recyclables. Through a chemical recycling process, nylon waste is transformed into raw caprolactam, a substance traditionally sourced from crude oil. This groundbreaking approach establishes a sustainable loop, and the versatile ECONYL yarn becomes a key component in diverse products worldwide.


Transitioning the focus from regional to global impact, the initiative resonates with the values of a conscientious global community. The introduction of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme by the European Commission prompts brands worldwide to contemplate the entire life cycle of their products, encouraging a cooperative global perspective.





Matteo Ward, CEO, and Co-founder of WRÅD, a sustainable design studio in Milan, foresees a transformative shift within the industry. The EPR scheme incentivizes global brands to prioritize the creation of durable, recyclable products, challenging the prevailing fast-fashion model. Matteo's journey reflects a broader industry trend as awareness grows about the social and ecological challenges of fast fashion.


Globally, as recycling technology and sustainable fabrics take center stage, consumer behavior becomes a pivotal factor. WRÅD's collaboration with schools worldwide aims to raise awareness about the social and ecological challenges of fast fashion, working alongside global brands to advocate for biodegradable denim. The future of fashion is closely linked to responsible global consumer choices, promoting a collective commitment to minimize the impact of discarded clothes on a global scale. This initiative significantly contributes to the advancement of the goals outlined in SDG 12, symbolizing a united global effort to repurpose textile waste into a valuable resource.

 

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