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Turning plastic problems into fabric solutions 

The oceans of the world are the unhappy home to around 640,000 tons of discarded nylon fishing nets. Not only is nylon non-biodegradable, the process of manufacturing it is also highly polluting. This is one of the reasons we're passionate about continuing our work with ECONYL®. They have invented a way of converting discarded fishing nets and other waste material into a high-performance fabric, helping us to close the loop and turn a plastic problem into fabric solutions. 

What is ECONYL®?

ECONYL® regenerates global nylon waste by collecting it from landfills and oceans and then turning it back into a usable fabric. It has the same performance as brand new nylon and can be recycled, recreated and remoulded infinite times. From old carpets to discarded fishing nets, it's a way of dealing with ocean pollution, repurposing it and eliminating the process of creating new and potentially harmful materials

How is it turned into a new material?

1. Nylon 6 waste is collected from all over the world and sent to the ECONYL® waste treatment centre in Ajdovščina, Slovenia where the different types of waste are cleaned and sorted to recover as much of the nylon as possible.

2. The waste undergoes a regeneration and purification process, resulting in a recycled nylon of exactly the same quality as virgin nylon.

3. The ECONYL® regenerated nylon is then transformed into new high performance textile yarns, which we then use in our swimwear and jackets.


ECONYL® in numbers
Per tonne, ECONYL® saves:

  • 7 barrels of crude oil
  • 5.7 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions

As well as being a solution on waste ECONYL® reduces the global warming impact of using nylon by up to 80% compared with the material from oil.


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