25 May '15, 2pm
Turning Nylon waste into yarn for new, #recycled products #sustainability #AquafilUSA #ECONYL
Throughout history, many inventions that we now take for granted were made possible following a breakthrough, albeit seemingly minuscule, scientific discovery. In this case, IG Farben’s landmark 1930’s patent for Nylon 6—a complex synthetic macromolecule—has been employed for a variety of purposes, ranging from food packaging to UV-absorption. It has most recently, however, found itself the subject of Aquafil USA president Franco Rossi ’s interest. The Aquafil R&D team performed four years worth of research and development in exploring new uses for this peculiar compound. And although Rossi’s extraordinary findings have certainly invited accolades on the grounds of inventiveness, the biggest benefactor might be Mother Nature. “After realizing Nylon 6 could be endlessly regenerable, the issue became finding waste that contained a high percentage of Nylon 6 to be broken down...