Aquafil releases 2020 Sustainability Report
Cartersville, Ga.—Aquafil, a leading manufacturer of innovative synthetic fibers, including Econyl regenerated nylon, released its annual sustainability report, which reflects insights into the company’s commitment to sustainable business. The report shows the results it has achieved in supporting and protecting workers, local communities and the environment as a whole, the company said.
“Aquafil is fully committed to addressing today’s global challenges with sustainable solutions, although the journey to a circular economy does not end here,” said Giulio Bonazzi, CEO and Chairman of Aquafil. “Sustainability goals and commitments must be met through action. Aquafil chose to become a leader in our industry more than 10 years ago, demonstrating that a circular business model can be done with great success. While much has been achieved, more can be done. Our commitment to sustainability and the results the group has achieved will continue unabated, supporting our employees, local communities and the environment.”
According to Aquafil’s 2020 sustainability report, 95% of the company’s total electricity consumption came from renewable sources. Also worth noting is that Aquafil’s greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 59%. The company also launched Aquafil Carpet Recycling, a new division focused on the recovery and processing of post-consumer rugs and carpets used to make Econyl regenerated nylon. Each facility has the capacity to collect and treat 36 million pounds of carpet annually, creating a significant dent in the waste stream. Aquafil Carpet Recycling is a project aimed at the circular economy in which all recyclable materials are reused. Aquafil identifies different streams for the non-nylon elements such as polypropylene and calcium carbonate that are not used to make Econyl yarn for use by other manufacturers.
Another innovation realized by the company in 2020 was the development of a dual technology that allows the recycling of aquaculture nets used in fish farming. Aquaculture nets, made of Nylon 6, have an antifouling coating in resin and copper oxide that prevents the proliferation of algae and makes them resistant to extreme weather conditions. The new process developed by Aquafil makes it possible to separate copper oxide from the nets, allowing both nylon 6 and metallic copper to be recovered and reused to make new materials.
To download the summary of the Sustainability Report 2020, click here.