This is the story of a long adventure into sustainability and circular design that was fueled by NeoCon. From the NeoConversations podcast discussing the sustainable responsibility of designers and architects, to beautiful flooring in the first installation of the NeoCon Plaza, to a series of cyclical design and fashion products — we saw the impact of the ECONYL® all around us at the 51st edition of NeoCon. Join us and let us know what sustainability means to you.
This year at the annual NeoCon tradeshow in Chicago, we invited people to the ECONYL® showroom over a real Italian espresso to talk about sustainability and sustainable design. We even dedicated a white wall to populate with post-it’s where visitors could express what sustainability meant to them. Sustainability can be a pretty scary topic, so we tried to make it fun and expressive. It was inspiring, and many contributed to our wall. But this was just one piece of a long adventure.
So, what happened to these carpets that were made from fishing nets and old carpets? Well, their journey is still ongoing. We are trying to find reuse for some parts in better shape, but the rest has arrived now in our carpet recycling facility in Phoenix. Here the journey of regenerations starts. The nylon waste will be separated from other components and sent to Slovenia, to the ECONYL® regeneration plant. Through a chemical process we will transform it back into nylon of uncompromising quality. From here, the possibilities are endless. It might continue its journey as a Stella McCartney’s bag or a pair of sunglasses or the carpet for next year’s NeoCon Plaza… Anything is possible.
These infinite possibilities were displayed in our showroom where we had samples of:
- Red-green carpets made from ECONYL® nylon for the world’s highest-level fashion events, such as the CFDA Awards in New York and the Green Carpet Fashion Awards in Milan.
- New collections of carpet tiles launching at NeoCon, like Masland’s new “Crafted” collection and Milliken’s “Heavy Meta”.
- Couture Poufs made with ECONYL® nylon by Italian designer Lorenza Bozzoli.
- Beautiful ECONYL® rugs, like the one by the Brazilian company Punto e Filo and others reused from the Green Carpet Fashion awards in Milan.
- Hi-end products from Stella McCartney (backpack) and Alexander MacQueen (umbrella)
- Sunglasses by Karűn.
Everything from one ingredient, ECONYL® nylon, and from one source: waste.
Whether through our podcast, our participation in creating the NeoCon Plaza, or just meeting people in our showroom, it is always great being able to inspire buzz and conversation around sustainability and the circular economy.
We would love to continue this conversation, so please contact us and let us know what sustainability means to you and maybe how we can help!