Created by Aquafil, a leader of researching new productions for sustainable development, ECONYL is a nylon product that is made entirely from waste.

Land Rover is using the material in its floor mats, replacing fossil-fuel derived nylon to create more sustainable accessories and is joining other luxury automotive brands, such as Maserati, in making use of the material.

ECONYL is exactly the same as brand new nylon with the benefit that it can be reproduced, recreated, recycled, and remoulded time and time again, ultimately reducing waste.

The fashion industry has already taken hold of ECONYL with luxury brands such as Longchamp, Stella McCartney, and Tommy Hilfiger already using the material in their products. Gucci and Prada have both gone as far as to launch lines of circular products, whilst Gucci also recycled the pre-consumer materials for their line right back to ECONYL. ECONYL also worked with Ege Carpets to create a bespoke carpet for the party hosted by jewellery house Chopard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019.

As a material already so in tune with the needs of the luxury market it makes sense that Jaguar Land Rover have opted to use ECONYL in their sustainability journey.

“When I see a landfill, I see a goldmine.”

Giulio Bonazzi , Aquafil President and CEO

The ECONYL Process

There are four stages to the ECONYL process:

1: Rescue
Waste such as old carpets, fishing nets, pre-consumer waste, and recovered materials from take back projects created by brands themselves.

2: Regenerate
The materials are then put through a “radical regeneration and purification process” which recycles it back to its original purity. ECONYL regenerated nylon becomes exactly the same as fossil-based nylon.

3: Remake
The regenerated ECONYL is processed into yarn and polymers which is then utilised by the fashion and interior industries.

4: Reimagine
Individual brands use the ECONYL regenerated nylon in their process of creating new products which can then be recycled again at the end of their life, thus creating circular products.

For every 10,000 tons of ECONYL raw material, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and it avoids creating 65,100 tonnes of equivalent CO2 emissions, resulting in reducing the global warming impact of nylon by 90% when compared with the material made with oil.