Sustainability has become a strategic priority for the automotive industry, with automotive organizations increasingly using sustainable materials and 62% claiming to have a comprehensive sustainability strategy, according to Capgemini.

Since 2016, the BMW Group has used ECONYL® yarn to make its floor and floormats for the BMW i3, BMW iX, and other models. Committed to sustainability and the process, Daniela Bohlinger, Head of Sustainability for BMW Group Design, visited Aquafil CEO Giulio Bonazzi in Ljubljana in Slovenia, where ECONYL® yarn is produced out of recycled fishing nets and other nylon waste. Compared to petroleum-based nylons, manufacturing ECONYL® yarn from recycled materials produces up to 90 percent less global warming potential.

At the BMW Group, we want to lead the automotive industry in the direction of sustainability. From the very start we consider the entire product lifecycle and increasingly use materials that can be recycled and then used for other purposes,” said Bohlinger. “Since ECONYL® yarn features a wonderful range of colors, it is easy for us to design with. Of course, any product that is made from recycled materials must look flawless and provide outstanding quality.

ECONYL® nylon is one of the most sought-after materials, used by more than 1,000 brands worldwide, including Breitling, Stella McCartney, Prada, Gucci and Adidas.

Once the products made from ECONYL® yarn reach the end of their useful life, they can also be recycled once again and made into other new products. “You can keep recycling these products as many times as you want. This is true sustainability,” says Giulio Bonazzi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aquafil. “We truly value our support to leading companies like BMW Group as we work to establish a global circular economy.

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