The ECONYL® yarn

Imagination is infinite. So is ECONYL®

Our appetite to create new products and buy new products is infinite. The planet resources aren’t. But it’s ok because we have both: new products and a better environment.

ECONYL® Regenerated Nylon turns waste problem into exceptional fashion and interior solutions.
It’s made by recovering nylon waste – such as fishing nets from the oceans and aquaculture, fabric scraps from mills and carpets destined for landfill – and turning it into virgin quality nylon yarn.


ECONYL® and Life Cycle Assessment

LCA Analysis

One of Aquafil’s strategic objectives is to create and distribute high quality products with lower environmental impact. To this aim, it is essential to measure environmental performance in order to gain a better understanding of which phases of the life cycle need to be improved. Therefore, for over three years Aquafil has used life cycle assessment (LCA) as a tool for determining the environmental impacts of its products.

The LCA approach has shown that most of the environmental impacts generated when manufacturing nylon thread result from the production of raw materials.

This has led to the development of the ECONYL® Regeneration System which has enabled us to substitute non-renewable virgin raw materials with secondary raw materials made of recycled waste products such as end-of-life fishing nets and used carpet fluff.


The ECONYL® Qualified Project


We constantly strive to develop products and processes with measurable reduced environmental impacts. To do so, it is necessary to keep the production chain under control, including all phases and activities inside and outside our factory boundaries.

In recent years, this has led us to work closely alongside our suppliers, developing a cooperative relationship based on transparency and shared commitment to sustainability.

In 2015, the desire to make the ECONYL® supply chain even more virtuous has prompted us to launch the ECONYL® Qualified Project, an initiative for the recognition of excellence and environmental stewardship; thanks to some pilot projects, that were carried out in collaboration with some of our main suppliers, “ECONYL® Qualified” Protocol was developed, which sets sector-specific qualification rules for suppliers. During the last years, synergies with involved companies were strengthened and the protocol was further developed, with the release of a new version in November 2018.

The supplier’s eligibility as ECONYL® Qualified is subject to the fulfilment of certain environmental requirements, which are deeply described within the “ECONYL® Qualified” Protocol; at the moment, requirements are set for paper tubes manufacturing and logistics and distribution services sectors, but the project is continuously under development and new sectors will be included in the following period.

In the next future, all companies intending to supply goods and services within the ECONYL® production chain may be asked to apply.

Discover how to become an ECONYL® Qualified supplier:

01. APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP by sending an email to info.econylqualified@aquafil.com

02. Sign the DATA HANDLING AGREEMENT that will be sent to you: it is needed to protect your privacy!

03. Send us a synthetic EVALUATION DOCUMENT certifying your compliance with the requirements established in the ECONYL® Qualified Protocol. The document must include your company’s description and the assessment of your environmental performance based on the KPIs described in the Protocol.

Download the ECONYL® Qualified Protocol and the application documents

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