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Are ECONYL® products certified for recycled content?
ECONYL® products are certified for recycled content by DNV (leading classification society) according to technical product specifications.
Is the process of regeneration harmful for the environment?
The ECONYL® Regeneration System is not harmful for the environment. In fact, it's just the opposite. The process of regeneration results in various environmental benefits which are confirmed by LCA study.
Are ECONYL® polymers safe for human health?
Yes, ECONYL ® polymers are safe for human health. The polymers are made from ECONYL® caprolactam which is analyzed by an independent accredited laboratory and is proven to be the same substance as virgin caprolactam.
What kind of objects are you reclaiming?
ECONYL® is currently reclaiming pre-consumer industrial waste and post-consumer waste such as fishnets, carpets and textiles. Both types of waste should contain a high percentage of Nylon 6.
What are the environmental benefits of ECONYL® products?
Using ECONYL® products will help to preserve natural resources by avoiding the extraction of crude oil, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing energy consumption. Further more, you will be part of a great community of people who enjoy high quality products while consuming with a good conscience.
What is the difference between pre- and post-consumer waste?
Pre-consumer waste is scrap material from industrial processes. Post-consumer waste is material consumers have discarded.
How is the waste prepared?
The waste is collected worldwide and transported to our pretreatment plant in Ajdovscina, Slovenia. Depending on the type of the waste, Nylon 6 is separated from other materials. It is then put into a grinder or shredder in order to easier manipulate the material. The waste from treatment facility is then ready for the depolymerization plant.
BCF, Bulk Continuous Filament, indicates a continuous filament yarn modified by air jets to add insulation, resistance and other attributes to the product. Carpets can be made either from a staple fiber – short strings spun together to form a filament – or one long string – a bulk continuous filament. BCF is more frequently being referred to as the industry standard.
A brand is manifested in a symbol that helps identify one seller’s product from those of other sellers. There are many abstract concepts for brands but they all represent certain values as well as a defined experience consumers should have with the products and services from this brand. A brand is the personality that identifies a specific product, and can mean a whole world incorporated in a good.
BULK CONTINUOUS FILAMENT
Bulk Continuous Filament is a continuous filament yarn modified by air jets to add insulation, resistance and other attributes to the product. Carpets can be made either from a staple fiber – short strings spun together to form a filament - or one long string - a bulk continuous filament. BCF is more frequently being referred to as the industry standard.
Also called CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). CSR designates the responsibility of a business enterprise toward the community and environment in which it operates. A company can embrace this responsibility through activities for the environment, employees, stakeholders, consumers and the general public.
CLOSED-LOOP REGENERATION SYSTEM
This describes the production model where pre-and post-consumer waste containing polyamide 6 is transformed with a mechanical-chemical process into regenerated Caprolactam, a fundamental raw material for Aquafil’s productive activities. The process is practically infinite and enables the recovery of material which would otherwise be sent to landfills, incinerators or dumped in the environment.
Fossil fuels are formed from the organic remains of prehistoric plants and animals. This organic material was exposed to heat and pressure in the earth’s crust over hundreds of millions of years. That is why they are called non-renewable resources and their rapid use is raising big environmental concern. Coal, petroleum and natural gases are all fossil fuels.
A monomer is a single molecule. These molecules represent the multiple repeating units that form a polymer.
Also referred to as polyamide 6 or PA6. Nylon is the name of a family of Polymers chemically known as polyamides, one of the most important materials for the production of synthetic manmade fibers. Nylon was first produced in 1935, but introduced in the textile field later on 1939. It has a large variety of final application such as: clothes, fabrics, carpets, nets, etc. Nylon is also used in the Engineering Plastic field to produce polymers and compounds for casting, injection molding and so on. Nylon is the most common synthetic polymer for producing fibers for the carpet industry because of its strength, versatility, washability, elasticity and reasonable price.
NTF stands for Nylon Textile Filaments and is dedicated to developing products from nylon filaments for the clothing and sportswear industry. The NTF division supports clients in developing new textile products for high-tech clothing, hosiery, swimwear and lingerie.
Polymers are large molecules made up of various monomers which are bonded together through a chemical process called polymerization. The term comes from the ancient Greek words “polus” and “meros”, meaning “many” and “parts”. In nature, we can find natural polymers such as wool and silk, cellulose, amber, natural rubber, shellac, while some of the most common synthetic ones are: nylon, silicone, synthetic rubber, neoprene or PVC.
PA6 stands for Polyamide 6 or nylon 6. The first Nylon patented by DuPont® was called nylon 6-6 being the polyamide polymer based on two different chemicals, adipic acid and hexamethylene diammine. Nylon 6 is produced by polymerization of one single chemical compound, caprolactam, recreating the properties of DuPont® nylon 6,6 without violating its patent. Nylon 6 is now the largest Polyamide produced in the world.
Pre-consumer waste is the waste materials from a manufacturing process. The reuse of this waste is important, but it is often not considered recycling in a traditional sense, because the waste material can be of some value (in economic terms) and is usually not dumped in nature, but reused anyway in manufacturing industries. This is the reason why the recycling of post-consumer waste is considered to be more important. For this reason, Aquafil aims to continuously increase the regeneration of post-consumer waste.
Post-consumer waste comes from individual households, has passed through the hands of final consumers and has been discarded for disposal or regeneration. It is considered to be post-life waste, no longer suitable for reselling or reuse. Post-consumer waste is very different from pre-consumer waste, which is reintroduced into the manufacturing process in most instances. It is therefore much more important to recycle post-consumer waste because it would otherwise end up in nature, with huge problems for the environment. For this reason, Aquafil aims to continuously increase the regeneration of post-consumer waste.
R&D stands for Research and Development. Usually, it is a department inside a company whose activities differs from company to company. Among the main functions are: the developing of new products and the creation of new knowledge about scientific and technological topics that can be useful in creating new products, services and processes. At Aquafil, this department is in charge of developing new products together with our customers from different fields within the textile, apparel and sportswear industries.
Recycling is the process of collecting and using materials (waste) - that would otherwise go to landfills and incinerators - to make new products. It is considered one of the three main steps in waste reduction: reduce, reuse and recycle. The main aim is to prevent wastage of valuable materials and to lower the consumption of new raw materials. Recycling is also a way to reduce water pollution (caused by landfills) and air pollution (from incinerators), as well as reducing energy usage. There are various ISO standards related to recycling. The source of recycling can be consumer waste or industrial waste (industry produces the larger portion of waste worldwide).
The biological term stands for the biological capability of a living organism to rebuild by itself parts which have been damaged or removed. Lately, the term has been used to describe good practice where human beings rise to the challenge of wastage of resources and the deterioration of our planet. This involves the restoration and revitalization of energy sources and materials and the creation of sustainable systems.
According to United Nations Statistic Division: “waste are materials that are not prime products for which the initial user has no further use in terms of his/her own purposes of production, transformation or consumption and of which he/she wants to dispose”. There are different types of waste and different definitions. It is important to underline the difference between consumer and industrial waste.