Stella McCartney has long been an advocate for sustainable, ethical fashion; the luxury label has been busy over the last several months trying to drive the industry away from a take-make-waste model, announcing plans to use Parley for the Oceans’recycled plastic yarn and Aquafil’s ECONYL fiber, made from 100 percent regenerated nylon waste, in its line of shoes, accessories and outerwear.
ECONYL yarn is made from 100% regenerated materials with a guaranteed minimum of 50% of post-consumer waste. The raw material used in this production system comes from two sources:
- Post-consumer waste: end-of-life products made from Polyamide 6 such as fishing nets, carpet fluff (the top of carpets and rugs) and rigid textiles;
- Pre-consumer waste: oligomers, scraps and other plastic components generated from the production of nylon 6.
The ECONYL Regeneration System is an innovative industrial regeneration system introduced by Aquafil in 2011, in order to produce the nylon 6 polymer from pre- and post-consumer waste.