VOGUE – How Econyl became fashion’s favourite eco-friendly material
by Rachel Cernansky
The fabric is prized by brands from Gucci to Prada for its physical resemblance to traditional nylon and the transparency of its production process.
– Both designers and suppliers have embraced Econyl, a fabric that resembles traditional nylon both in quality and physical likeness.
– Since Econyl can be broken down and recreated repeatedly, it offers significant reductions in CO2-equivalent emissions.
– Customers and recycling plants like Econyl’s transparent approach, but the material’s impact on microplastic pollution is unclear.
Plastic is killing fish, turning up in food and raining down from the sky, and fashion brands are now racing to shrink their use of the non-biodegradable material. A growing number of luxury houses are pinning their hopes on a recycling company named Aquafil.
The Italian firm’s most famous product is Econyl, a nylon fabric made from discarded fishing nets, fabric scraps and other waste. When it launched in 2011, the material was used primarily in swimsuits. However, luxury brands soon came on board. Prada has replaced some of its most iconic nylon products with Econyl — dubbed as Re-Nylon — and plans to substitute all its nylon with recycled material by late 2021.