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Our commitment towards the environment

For more than 50 years, Aquafil has led the way for doing business with sustainability and circular economy at the core of its values and development strategy.
The ECO PLEDGE® is the set of principles that, like a lighthouse in the night, guides and inspires all the work of the Group.

“Sustainability is not a goal to be reached but a way of thinking, a way of being, a principle we must be guided by.”

Giulio Bonazzi – Chairman, Aquafil Group

Our guiding principles: the ECO PLEDGE®

RETHINK PRODUCTS by giving new life to waste materials, in an infinite cycle

PRODUCE RESPONSIBLY by improving the environmental performance of processes and products, reducing consumption, emissions and waste.

CARE FOR the well-being of people who every day create value for the Group through their passion and commitment.

COLLABORATE WITH suppliers and customers to bring environmental change and sustainability to the entire manufacturing sector.

THRIVE IN HARMONY with local communities, encouraging their development.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Aquafil and the Sustainable Development Goals

Aquafil has adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to put into practice the principles of the ECO PLEDGE® within specific areas of action.
This allows the Group to have a solid base to measure its progress and actively contribute to the promotion of a sustainable development model on an international scale.
Up to now, Aquafil has achieved sustainability results on 8 SDGs.

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Energy & Recycling

The Energy & Recycling unit develops and promotes projects, technologies and skills to improve the sustainability of the Group's products and processes.

Energy: increasing our energy efficient processes and investing in the use of energy from renewable sources, allows the Group's production structure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Recycling: promoting the recycling and the use of recycled materials that are also recyclable again.

Culture: spreading a culture of sustainability along the value chain, through constant training of employees and partnerships with customers and suppliers.

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Research initiatives

Research areas

Research allows us to always look ahead, to innovate, to continuously improve and to develop products that are increasingly efficient and sustainable. This is the reason why research is one of the basic pillars of the Group.

Nylon Regeneration Project

Thanks to continuous research and collaboration with various stakeholders, in 2011, the Group...

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Nylon Regeneration Project

Thanks to continuous research and collaboration with various stakeholders, in 2011, the Group completed the transformation of Nylon 6 waste into regenerated ECONYL® yarn, maintaining the same quality level and performance, but by significantly reducing environmental impact.
Regenerated nylon is used by a growing number of companies in the carpet and fashion sectors, including some of the world's leading fashion houses.

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Carpet recycling

In 2018, Aquafil opened the first industrial plant for the recycling of carpets in the United...

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Carpet recycling

In 2018, Aquafil opened the first industrial plant for the recycling of carpets in the United States.
Thanks to groundbreaking systems and equipment, every year, Aquafil gives new life to tons of carpets and rugs that would otherwise end up in a landfill. The system recovers various materials that are partly destined to become new ECONYL® yarn and partly directed to other industrial sectors, such as the molding industry.

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Nylon from plants? Yes, we can!

In 2017, Aquafil started a multi-year research project in collaboration with Genomatica Inc.,...

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Nylon from plants? Yes, we can!

In 2017, Aquafil started a multi-year research project in collaboration with Genomatica Inc., aiming at producing caprolactam by using only renewable plant-based materials to replace those derived from crude oil, usually used in the nylon industry.
At the same time, the EFFECTIVE project was launched: it is one of the main industrial initiatives aiming to introduce the circular economy principles to the textile and packaging sectors.
The project, coordinated by Aquafil and funded by the European research program H2020, aims to develop innovative materials (such as bio-nylon) from renewable raw materials and promote their application in consumer markets, such as apparel.

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