Aquafil Partners with Levi Strauss & Co. to Produce Sustainable Jeans
Trento, Italy – 03/31/16 – Aquafil today announces a new partnership between its ECONYL® brand and Levi Strauss & Co., one of the world’s largest apparel companies and a global leader in jeans, to create a new men’s collection made from regenerated nylon from waste materials such as fishing nets and spent carpets.
Levi Strauss & Co. has a long history of caring — both for the communities in which they operate and live, and for the environment. The collection, the Levi’s brand’s first made with ECONYL®, provides further proof of Levi’s commitment to a sustainable supply chain.
Looking into the future, there’s no guarantee that there will be enough land available to meet global demand for cotton, the main input for the Denim apparel. So to be a successful company in a world that is increasingly resource-constrained, Levi’s need to continue down the road toward achieving closed-loop apparel — while incorporating other alternatives to virgin raw materials.
“We envision a world where everyday items don’t have to come at the expense of the environment,” said Giulio Bonazzi, Chairman and CEO of Aquafil. “This new partnership is further proof that sustainable materials can be used to reinvigorate products that have been traditionally made. Levi’s is redefining the denim industry.”
Since 1969, Aquafil has been one of the leading players, both in Italy and globally, in the production of polyamide 6. The Aquafil Group has a presence in eight countries on three continents, employing more than 2700 staff at 15 plants located in Italy, Germany, Scotland, Slovenia, Croatia, the USA, Thailand and China. www.aquafil.com
Made from 100 percent regenerated nylon waste materials, Aquafil’s ECONYL® fiber helps divert global waste streams from landfills and oceans and is used to produce a wide range of textile products such as sportswear, swimwear, and carpets. Aquafil started the ECONYL® Regeneration System as a sustainability initiative in 2007 and within four years it became an important milestone and commercial driver within the company, representing a significant step towards the company’s involvement in the circular economy. The ECONYL® Regeneration System is the world’s most efficient industrial system for the production of Nylon 6 and is unique in that it boasts no loss of quality after reclamation and transformation of nylon waste. www.econyl.com.