17 Aug 2015

GREEN BIZ – Speedo dives into closed-loop swimwear

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American swimwear giant Speedo is making waves in the circular economy with a new initiative to create swimsuits from remnants of nylon generated in its own factories.

The groundbreaking efficiency project was launched last week under a new partnership with Italian materials manufacturer Aquafil, which has pioneered a new form of nylon made using 100 percent waste material.

Speedo has struck a deal with Aquafil to ship fabric remnants from its factories back to Aquafil’s plants in Italy, where the material will be turned back into nylon for a new range dubbed Speedo Powerflex Eco swimwear.

The Econyl Regeneration System produces a synthetic fabric — Econyl — superior to that of virgin nylon, said Speedo USA’s senior director of merchandising and design, Kristine Lebow.

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