by Steff Yotka
In 1984 everything was synthetic, from bottle blondes to spandex workoutwear to whatever was in Tab. Fashion, too, was in the middle of a synthetic revolution, following the widespread adoption of polyester in the 1970s. It was amid this material experimentation that Miuccia Prada introduced the Prada nylon backpack in 1984.
Launched earlier this summer, Prada’s debut collection of recycled nylon pieces is composed of the same shapes Prada-philes have come to know and love, only now they are made from Econyl. Developed by the Italian textile mill Aquafil, Econyl is a proprietary material made from upcycling industrial nylon waste like fishing nets and carpets. The manufacturer estimates that every 10,000 tons of Econyl created saves 70,000 barrels of petroleum.
Its second follows model Adut Akech to a facility in Cameroon that collects fishing nets to be made into Econyl.