VOGUE – Minimal Waste and a Recycled Red Carpet: Inside This Year’s CFDA Awards Dinner
by Katarina Kovac
For the first time in its 37-year history, the CFDA Fashion Awards crossed the East River. After stints at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, The New York Public Library, and Hammerstein Ballroom, the CFDA unrolled the red carpet at the Brooklyn Museum—only this was not your run of the mill event carpet. The graphic black and white textile, created by Aquafil and Ege Carpets, was woven with what was once waste from our oceans and landfills. “The carpet on the floor tonight came from fishing nets and used carpets,” explained Giulio Bonazzi, CEO of Aquafil.
The fiber, called ECONYL® regenerated nylon (now in use by brands like Gucci, Stella McCartney, and H&M), can be recycled infinitely without ever losing its quality. And Aquafil intends to do just that. “After the ceremony, the intention is to reuse it,” Bonazzi continues. “To walk on it for just a few hours and not repurpose the product does not make sense, ethically.”