In case you didn’t already know, our Aurora collection is made from ECONYL®, which is a regenerated nylon. Waste from fishing nets and landfills and post-consumer waste such as carpet flooring, fabric scraps, industrial plastic is transformed into yarn which is then turned into the luxurious feeling fabric that we use.
HOW IT WORKS
A combination of volunteer diving teams retrieve dumped fishing nets, salvage companies separate marine litter and commissioned boats specifically collect plastic from the sea. Partner companies also provide end of range nylon waste such as carpets and collected fabric scraps. The waste is then cleaned and the polymer material is extracted and recycled before being re-used and re-purposed. The nylon waste is regenerated back to its original purity meaning that ECONYL® regenerated nylon is the exact same purity as virgin nylon. One of the huge benefits of ECONYL® nylon is that it can be recycled infinitely, without ever losing its quality.
In terms of sustainability credentials, ECONYL® helps clean the oceans of discarded fishing nets which cause the death of many animals every year. For every 10,000 tonnes of raw materials recycled into Econyl 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved, and 57,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions are avoided compared to traditional production methods (Econyl.com).
At Grit & Grace we are essentially turning waste into beautiful, functional activewear.
Through our regular blogs and social media posts we aim to provide information that allows you, the customer, to make more informed choices and hopefully convince you to choose more sustainable options when buying new clothes and/ or support more sustainable organisations. Why? because it’s important that as consumers, we put our money where our mouth is. Small changes in the buying habits of lots of people will help to drive larger change from retailers and hopefully encourage manufacturers to support businesses that produce in smaller (more sustainable) quantities, which in turn will help to reduce the amount of waste that is created by the clothing industry.
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