05 Aug 2019

VOGUE – Prada’s Re-Nylon Project Turns Your Favorite Backpack Into a Sustainable Accessory

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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.

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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.

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Its second follows model Adut Akech to a facility in Cameroon that collects fishing nets to be made into Econyl.

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