Recycled, eco friendly fabrics

Carvico and Jersey Lomellina don’t talk about sustainability and eco-friendly fabrics just because it is fashionable. We are not into “green washing”, on the contrary, we believe in a serious, clear and concrete commitment. For years now, we have been offering our customers a selection of high end recycled fabrics made of ECONYL® yarn, a 100% regenerated nylon yarn derived from pre and post industrial waste such as discarded fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet use, industrial plastic, carpet fluff (the top part of Nylon carpets which have got to the end of their useful life. They are perfect to use as recycled nylon in the fabrics industry), tulle etc.: all such materials, once they have reached the end of their useful life, instead of being disposed of in the landfill, are recovered and regenerated from Aquafil SpA, by means of a complex chemical-physical process. Let’s find out more about the journey of recycled nylon and recycled fabrics, that involevs, in addition to Carvico and Jersey Lomellina, two very important partners: Healthy Seas and Aquafil SpA, the company that produces ECONYL® regenerated nylon.

8 million tons of waste end up in our seas every single year.
640 thousand tons of fishing nets are abandoned at the bottom of the ocean. (data sourced from FAO and UNEP)

Such alarming data tell us that, unless the situation changes, by 2050 our seas may contain more garbage than fish.
We need to change our approach radically, cohabiting with Nature in the best possible way, and considering the importance of a limited resource such as water. We need to be more deeply aware of this situation and change our mentality completely. We started by investing lots of resources in the production of recyclied fabrics with regenerated nylon.

Recycled fabrics: our Econyl regenerated nylon


Carvico and Jersey Lomellina is one of the largest eco friendly fabric companies and, since 2016, we have been supporting “Healthy Seasan initiative founded in 2013 at the behest of Aquafil, Star Sock and the NGO Ghost Diving, three realities that share a common mission: cleaning our planet waters from pollution, including the ghost fishing nets which kill so many sea creatures. Healthy Seas boasts another two-fold objective:

  • collaborating with fishing communities to enforce preventive actions to reduce the pollution caused by discarded fishing nets and to find new solutions for disposing of them in a financially and environmentally sustainable way. Recycled nylon is a great resource in the eco-friendly fabrics sector;
  • running some training programs to promote the importance of more environmentally responsible choices.

Thus, the fishing nets recovered, together with some other materials ( carpet fluff, tulle etc. ) are delivered to Aquafil SpA regeneration plant where, thanks to a sophisticated and complex process, the above mentioned materials are turned into ECONYL®, a new polyamide yarn boasting the same features as virgin nylon in terms of performance and quality, but with the plus of not having been produced with the use of non-renewable fossil raw materials. The process is called ECONYL® Regeneration System!

For several years now, both Carvico and Jersey Lomellina have been using ECONYL®, a recycled nylon yarn, as a premium ingredient for the production of some of their high-end nylon fabrics, guaranteeing the same performance of those made of standard polyamide. Therefore, designers are not asked to make compromises when developing their collections using the eco-friendly fabrics by Carvico and Jersey Lomellina, which have an exclusive license for the swimwear market for the use of ECONYL® yarn. Find out more about our collection of eco friendly fabrics.

is nylon ecofriendly? Yes. This is the journey from waste to recycled fabrics in ECONYL