RadiciGroup, an Italian manufacturer of specialty chemicals, polymers, synthetic fibers and nonwovens for different industrial sectors including apparel, has been involved in different projects aimed at supporting circular economy with local value-chain partners.
Among them is a recent project developed in collaboration with Macron, an Italian activewear brand. The two companies have started a collaboration meant to promote more sustainable developments. Together they have created a sports sock made with a yarn obtained from Renycle, a new yarn by RadiciGroup made with 100% mechanically recycled nylon 6. Along with socks, the new yarn can also be used for other uses including apparel, textile flooring and automotive applications.
For this yarn, RadiciGroup’s production scraps are recovered, recycled and reconverted into polymers, and eventually spun into yarn featuring technical characteristics comparable to the yarn made of fossil-source materials, though with higher environmental performance. The new nylon’s production can help to reduce CO2 emissions by 89.3%, save 87.4% of energy and 90.4% of water when compared to standard PA6 polymer production.
RadiciGroup has also launched a new project in collaboration with hosiery brand Oroblù, owned by CSP International, a producer and seller of hosiery and men’s and women’s underwear and swimwear, headquartered in the province of Mantua, Italy. Together they produced pantyhose using a new yarn made from recycled post-consumer PET bottles. The two companies have created Oroblù Save the Oceans, a black, 50-denier pantyhose made of Repetable, the new RadiciGroup polyester yarn. This yarn also reduces CO2 emissions, and the consumption of water and energy. Repetable yarn uses no virgin material and is colored by solution-dyeing, a method that saves water and electricity during production.
Angelo Radici, president, RadiciGroup
“A circular economy cannot be achieved by acting alone,” says Angelo Radici, president, RadiciGroup. “As upstream players in the supply chain, we have always tried to share our knowledge of materials and deliver solutions featuring both better performance and respect for the environment.”