Columbia Sportswear’s ECONYL, a fabric made out of the waste rescued from landfills and oceans

Columbia Sportswear has a rich heritage in developing innovative fishing apparel and seeks to provide products that reduce the impact on the environment. Their latest fabric innovation, ECONYL, is made out of the waste that has been rescued from landfills and oceans around the world. It performs the same as brand new nylon and can be recycled, recreated, and remoulded again and again.

The ECONYL Regeneration System starts with rescuing waste from landfills and oceans all over the world. That waste is then sorted and cleaned to recover all the nylon possible, through a radical regeneration and purification process, the nylon waste is recycled back to its original purity. That means ECONYL regenerated nylon is the same as virgin nylon.
The beauty of ECONYL regenerated nylon is that it has the potential to be recycled infinitely without ever losing its quality. Columbia’s ECONYL products are marked with a “100% recycled Nylon” fabric description.

“Today is World Water Day and we are reminded of the impacts of climate change on our water resources and the importance of adequate freshwater supply. Yesterday we commemorated Human Rights Day and were reminded of our rights and responsibilities. I believe these are two of the most important days to celebrate. Two days where we can bring to light that every South African has a right to water and sanitation.” Says Shannon Rogotzki, Director for Columbia Sportswear South Africa. “We also have a responsibility as communities, to preserve and look after our water resources,” she adds.

Columbia believes that investing in ecosystem restoration and sea life conservation is investing in the future.
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