Aquafil, one of the leaders in the synthetic fibres industry, is known for the development of the innovative ECONYL® Regeneration System. The process is based on the use of sustainable chemistry and the introduction of new supply chains, which allow the recovery and recycling of nylon waste materials (e.g. carpets, clothes or fishing nets) into regenerated nylon yarn. The ECONYL® Regeneration System can be repeated infinitely without any quality loss. ECONYL® yarns are offered in two varieties: On the one hand there are yarns that can be used for synthetic carpet production and on the other hand there are yarns for the clothing- and fashion-industry (sports- and swimwear, underwear).
Mr. Giulio Bonazzi, president and CEO of Aquafil presented the Observer Ethical Award in the category “sustainable fashion” together with Livia Firth from ECO-AGE to “Beyond skin”. “Beyond skin” convinced the jury with their unique concept of creating beautiful, cruelty free shoes, made from 100% PET bottles. “It is a great pleasure and also very interesting to see how creative and thoughtful the young fashion designers are creating new solutions”, says Giulio Bonazzi, president and CEO of Aquafil. “Environmental and social values are essential to Aquafil – and this is why we have decided to become partner of the Observer Ethical Awards and to support new ideas to create change.”
Ege, a danish high-profile carpet manufacturer, joins Aquafil in supporting the event because Aquafil has the same environmental values and the event promotes a good cause and that ege likes to support, too.
This year’s awards attracted a record-breaking number of votes from the general public. There were 10 categories in total and the shortlist of nominees was decided by a mix of votes and judge’s decisions. The judging panel consisted of leading figures across science, culture and business, including Livia Firth, creative director of ECO-AGE & co-founder of The Green Carpet Challenge; poet and novelist Ben Okri, singer and model VV Brown, TV presenter Rick Edwards, Paralympian Martine wright and Lucy Siegle, Observer ethical living columnist, BBC One Show presenter and chair of judging panel.
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About Aquafil and the ECONYL® Brand:
Since 1969, Aquafil has been one of the leading players, both in Italy and globally, in the production of polyamide 6. The Aquafil Group has a presence in seven countries on three continents, employing more than 2200 staff at 14 plants located in Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, the USA, Thailand and China.
Always committed to taking real measures to protect the environment, in 2011 Aquafil started the ECONYL ® Regeneration System project. It is an innovative industrial regeneration process that produces nylon 6 polymer from:
· Post-consumer waste, i.e. end-of-life products made from polyamide 6, including fishing nets, fluff (from the top of carpets and rugs) and textiles;
· Pre-consumer waste such as oligomers, scraps, etc., generated from the production of nylon.
ege supplies high-quality carpets
Ege® is one of Europe's leading companies when it comes to the design, development and production of unique, high-quality carpets with respect for the environment.
We believe the environment is a serious matter. We work hard to minimise the environmental impact caused by the production of our carpets. Ege’