RECYCLING TODAY – Aquafil partners with Speedo USA on a closed-loop manufacturing system
Italian nylon manufacturer will recycle Speedo’s fabric scrap for use in new swimsuits.
Trento, Italy-based carpetmaker and nylon recycler Aquafil has partnered with Speedo USA on a takeback program that will allow Speedo USA’s postmanufacturing swimwear scraps to be upcycled into Aquafil’s 100 percent regenerated Econyl nylon.
Through the takeback program, leftover fabric scraps which could otherwise end up in landfills will be turned back into raw nylon fiber and eventually new swimsuits, the companies say. Launching this week, Speedo’s new PowerFlex Eco swimwear fabric is made from Econyl and is endlessly recyclable, according to Aquafil, creating a closed-loop manufacturing partnership between the two companies.