Turning trash into treasure, Prada Re-Nylon champions the use of regenerated nylon ECONYL® as the foundation of a new circular supply chain in fashion - recycling discarded waste and using it to invent a new, entirely sustainable breed of Prada's signature nylon fabric for the 21st century. Re-Nylon is a unique initiative, in line with the innovation that is the hallmark of Prada.
Unravelling the threads that make up Prada Re-Nylon, What We Carry is a branded content series of films that explore the diverse multinational sources of resources - from the deep ocean to the factory floor - and chart the sustainable materials harnessed used to create ECONYL®.
For the fourth instalment of What We Carry, National Geographic Explorer and photo journalist Hannah Reyes Morales and Chinese actor and Prada reporter Wei Daxun travel to China - renowned for centuries as a home of textile production. They have visited the clothing factory Parawin in Ganzhou City, part of the province of Jiangxi in southeastern China - housing around 300 workers across every part of garment production, from pattern cutting to construction and finishing.
As illustrated at Parawin, during the manufacture of clothes as much as 80% of fabric can be discarded after pattern-cutting - often consigned to landfill, where textile waste comprises 15% of global landfill levels. In collaboration with ECONYL® textile yarn producer Aquafil, Parawin are now committed to recycling their discarded textile cuttings: offcuts are organised via fiber content and transported regularly to Aquafil's Shanghai base, to be transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon, and then woven into Prada Re-Nylon. Parawin are the first factory to partner with Aquafil to recycle their waste fabric - but they blaze a trail to be followed by others.
ECONYL® yarn is totally recyclable, and can be regenerated an infinite number of times: so Prada Re-Nylon bucks damaging age-old convention of garment production. This is fashion created with no waste, and open to boundless possibilities. After episodes charting the recycling of diverse, divergent materials - carpet in North America, discarded fishing-nets in Australia and Africa - this penultimate chapter focuses on waste within the fashion industry itself, which is address, combatted, and ultimately reversed through the endlessly recyclable nature of Prada Re-Nylon. It shows that what we carry can make a difference.
More about Prada Re-Nylon
Prada Re-Nylon reinvents the idea of timeless, as something that can truly last forever.
Re-Nylon is a bold move towards total sustainability - towards an ultimate goal of converting all Prada virgin nylon into regenerated nylon ECONYL® by the end of 2021. It reflects the focus of the Prada Group on promoting a corporate culture that aspires to increasingly sustainable balances, incorporating into its daily work the idea of a return of value to society.
The product of a partnership between Prada and the textile yarn producer Aquafil, ECONYL® nylon is obtained through the recycling and purification process of plastic waste collected from oceans, fishing nets, and textile fibre waste. ECONYL® yarn, through a process of depolymerization and re-polymerisation, can be recycled indefinitely, with no loss of quality.
Underscoring the importance of awareness and responsibility, a percentage of proceeds from the sale of the Prada Re-Nylon capsule will be donated to a project related to environmental sustainability. Prada in partnership with UNESCO is developing educational activities that involve students from several countries to implement dedicated lesson plans using plastic and circular economy topics to inspire learners. The approach of the educational program is built around two axes – learning and take action – and one of the outcomes will be an awareness raising campaign designed by the students.
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