Sustainability

At Sébastien, the material we use is a sustainable techno-fabric made with Econyl® - 100% regenerated polyamide fiber from post-consumer materials combined with lycra. This fiber technology is designed to provide a long-lasting fit and resist degradation from chlorinated water, the heat and sunscreen lotions up to 10 times longer than unprotected fabrics.

Material & Process Explanation
 
An innovative and sustainable way to create products from waste in a continuous loop.
The ECONYL® regeneration system can be endlessly repeated without any loss in material quality.

1) Rescue: 
Freeing the earth from waste. Man-made waste is collected all over the world and sent to the ECONYL® waste treatment center.
 
The recovered waste comes from:

Post-Consumer
Pre-Consumer 
Fishing nets (spent fish farming nets and ghost fishing nets), Fluff (the upper part of old, spent Nylon carpets)
Industrial plastic waste, Yarn discards, Fabrics scarps

 
2) Preparation:
Reclaimed waste begins the journey back to its origins. Different types of waste are cleaned and prepared for regeneration. As part of the cleaning process, materials other than Nylon 6 are removed and sent to other supply chains. The cleaned nylon waste is shredded, compacted, bagged and transported to an ECONYL® regeneration plant. 

3) Depolymerization (Regeneration): 
Creating the miracle, 100% Regeneration.
What makes this step so unique? The difference lies in a system that produces a high ratio of nylon output compared to waste input and has a radically new purification process. Compared to mechanical recycling, the chemical one allows us to go back to the state of raw material removing all foreign substances for a 100% virgin quality.

4) Transformation: 
A 100% regenerated and 100% regenerable Nylon. The Nylon 6 polymers produced from ECONYL® caprolactam are distributed to production facilities to be processed into carpet and textile yarns. The ECONYL® yarn can be regenerated over and over for an infinite number of times without any loss in quality. This is then sent to Italy where it undergoes tests to determine and evaluate the quality, sustainability and durability of the fabric. Our luxe Italian LYCRA is born.

5) Re-commercialization into yarns: 
Two types of ECONYL® yarns are produced: carpet yarns are used in the creation of synthetic carpet floorings, while textile yarns are used for garments: sportswear, swimwear, socks…When speaking of re-commercialization the goal is to manufacture products that are not only entirely made of regenerated material, but are fully and endlessly regenerable.

Environmental Benefits

For every 10,000 tons of ECONYL ® caprolactam we:

  • Save 70,000 barrels of crude oil *
  • Avoid 57,000 tons of CO2 eq emissions *
  • Save 1.012 GJ on total primary energy demand * (1 Gigajoule = 1,000,000 Kilojoules)

* Source: Aquafil internal data