Lagoped opts for recycled nylon

Written by: Enora Gelot

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In the fashion industry, sustainability has become a major concern for both consumers and brands. Faced with growing environmental challenges, the commitment to eco-responsible production has become a priority. Lagoped, a company concerned about the impact of its activities on the planet, has partnered with Econyl to offer a more sustainable alternative to conventional nylon.

What is polyamide or nylon?

Nylon, also known as polyamide, is a synthetic fiber derived from petrochemicals, introduced to the market in the 1930s as an alternative to silk. Asia-Pacific countries dominate the global polyamide production, while Europe also plays a notable role in this market. In 2013, the continent produced around 1.9 tonnes of polyamides, representing almost 25% of global production. Appreciated for its resistance and its resemblance to silk, nylon is widely used in the textile industry, particularly for the manufacture of sports clothing. Its ability to repel liquids makes it an ideal material for outerwear such as windbreakers, trench coats, parkas and sportswear. In addition to its waterproofness, nylon stands out for its thinness, lightness, high resistance and extensibility, allowing it not to shrink or deform easily. The manufacture of polyamide involves complex chemical processes, requiring the use of toxic products. Nylon fibers are obtained from polymers, generating a solidification reaction before being stretched and washed to obtain fine and strong filaments. Nylon can be used alone or mixed with other synthetic or natural fibers, providing a variety of applications in the textile industry, including the manufacture of sportswear combined with a percentage of elastane for greater elasticity.

Why choose recycled nylon?

The production of nylon, like all materials from petrochemicals, has a significant impact on the environment and health. This petroleum-derived polymer is not only responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, but its energy-intensive manufacturing process and use of harmful chemicals contribute to soil and water pollution. In addition, nylon textiles release microparticles during washing, thus polluting aquatic ecosystems. Faced with these environmental challenges, the European Union is imposing stricter standards for nylon manufacturing, but it is also crucial for consumers to turn to more sustainable alternatives.

Recycled nylon is emerging as a promising solution to reduce the environmental impact of polyamide. Some brands, like Lagoped, now use recycled fibers such as Econyl® made from plastic waste recovered from the oceans. This approach promotes the reuse of existing materials, thus contributing to the preservation of natural resources and the reduction of waste.

However, nylon recycling remains an energy-intensive process and requires significant water consumption. In addition, it does not solve the problem of microparticles released during washing. To minimize these impacts, it is essential to use filters for washing machines, helping to prevent microplastic pollution. By adopting these measures, consumers can help support a more sustainable and environmentally friendly textile industry.

What is econyl?

Econyl, is a recycled nylon fiber under the registered brand Econyl®, which represents a significant step forward in the field of sustainable fashion. The brand, registered by the Italian company Aquafil, specialized in the manufacture of nylon for 50 years, has developed a 100% recycled and recyclable fiber made from plastic waste recovered from recycling centers and the oceans, such as fishing nets. and bottles. This waste is particularly harmful to the environment: nylon fishing nets, which represent more than 10% of the waste polluting the ocean floor, can drift for more than 500 years, posing a serious danger to marine ecosystems. These “ghost nets” are responsible for the deaths of many trapped marine animals each year. Transformed into a new fiber, marine waste gives life to new clothing in a circular, zero-waste approach.

Econyl is increasingly used in the responsible fashion industry, offering an eco-friendly alternative to traditional materials. In fact, the manufacture of Econyl requires much fewer resources than conventional nylon, saving up to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions. The manufacturing process for recycled nylon, such as Econyl®, begins with collecting waste, processing and recycling it to obtain a new fiber, then manufacturing clothing from this recycled yarn. At the end of their life, Econyl® products are fully recyclable, thus closing the loop of the circular economy.

Econyl thus represents an eco-responsible alternative for sports clothing, offering a sustainable solution in an area where alternatives made from natural materials are still rare.

In conclusion, choosing recycled nylon for Lagoped clothing offers many benefits for both the environment and consumers. By opting for Econyl®, Lagoped is committing to a sustainability approach by contributing to the reduction of plastic waste in the oceans and promoting a circular economy. The environmental benefits of this ecological alternative are undeniable: reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, preservation of natural resources and reduction of pollution of aquatic ecosystems. Additionally, recycled nylon products offer quality and performance equivalent to conventional nylon products, ensuring comfort and durability for users.

It is now essential for consumers to make informed choices when it comes to sports equipment and clothing. By favoring brands like Lagoped that integrate recycled materials into their production, consumers can help support a more sustainable and environmentally friendly textile industry. Additionally, by adopting simple actions such as using washing machine filters to reduce microplastic pollution, everyone can help preserve our planet for future generations. Together, let's choose sustainability and responsibility for a better future.

PS to make your clothes last, there's nothing better than taking care of them every day. This is why we remind you of the basic advice on caring for your clothes made from nylon. Polyamide clothing can be washed like most other textile materials: in the machine at low temperature (30 or 40°C). Nylon clothing dries quickly in the open air, but it is best to dry it out of direct sunlight. You can also use a dryer, but only with a low temperature program.

Take care of yourself and your clothes.