Updated: Apr 8, 2022
The short answer is yes, as much as possible. The conversion of trash into fabric is a two-step process: the nylon waste is first transformed into yarn, which is then woven into fabric. This post will cover the first step in that process, and this post explains the second step.
The brilliant and eco-conscious minds at Aquafil have engineered a way to regenerate nylon waste - such as fishing nets, old carpet, and fabric scraps - into high-quality virgin nylon yarn.
Step 1: RESCUE. The nylon waste that would otherwise pollute the Earth is rescued, sorted, and cleaned to recover as much nylon as possible.
Step 2: REGENERATE. Through a radical and innovative regeneration and purification process, the nylon waste is recycled right back to its original purity, which means that ECONYL® regenerated nylon is exactly the same as fossil-based nylon.
Step 3: REMAKE. ECONYL® regenerated nylon is processed into yarns and polymers for the fashion and interior industries.
Step 4: REIMAGINE. Clothing brands, such as HotTots, use ECONYL® regenerated nylon yarn to create brand new products, like swimsuits, bathing suits, and UPF clothing for kids!
For every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® raw material, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 65,100 tonnes of CO2 emissions are avoided.
Do you want to know the best part? Since ECONYL® regenerated nylon yarn is exactly the same as brand new nylon, it can be recycled, recreated, and remolded again and again to create new products without using new resources. This is called a circular economy (but more on that later)!