PRADA RE-NYLON champions the use of regenerated nylon ECONYL® as the foundation of a new circular supply chain in fashion. Re-Nylon is a unique initiative, in line with the innovation that is the hallmark of Prada, the ultimate goal will be to convert all Prada virgin nylon into ECONYL® regenerated nylon by the end of 2021.
From the deep ocean to the factory floor, the branded content series of films that unravels the threads that make up Prada Re-Nylon, What We Carry, explores the diverse multinational sources of resources and chart the sustainable materials harnessed used to create ECONYL® yarn. The series is documented by ‘Prada reporters’ and specialist reporters and photojournalists from National Geographic.
For the fourth installment of What We Carry, National Geographic Explorer and photo journalist Hannah Reyes Morales and Chinese actor and Prada reporter Wei Daxun travel to China – renowned for centuries as a home of textile production. They have visited the clothing factory Parawin in Ganzhou City, part of the province of Jiangxi in southeastern China. In collaboration with Aquafil, Parawin is now committed to recycling their discarded textile cuttings.
After episodes charting the recycling of diverse, divergent materials – carpet in North America, discarded fishing-nets in Australia and Africa – this penultimate chapter focuses on waste within the fashion industry itself.
The Prada Re-Nylon project launched on June 24, 2019 with Episode 1 shot in Arizona; Episode 2, on Lake Ossa in Cameroon; and Episode 3 in Mahanga Bay, off the coast of New Zealand. Informed by the observations and knowledge of Prada reporters and National Geographic experts, a total of five episodes draws the viewer through the unique transparent supply-chain, spanning the globe, that comprises the ground-breaking production of ECONYL® nylon and the Prada Re-Nylon collection.