Nylon is a type of polyamide, a synthetic material derived from petroleum. It is used all around the globe in many different products, such as carpets, fishnets, ropes, tarpaulins, and clothing.
Although nylon has some very useful features, it also has serious environmental drawbacks. One of the major issues is that it does not break down easily. It is estimated that 46% of the plastic in the ocean is made up of nylon fishnets.
Recycling nylon is, therefore, crucial to divert waste from landfills and waterways.
However, the process of recycling nylon is not easy and is not yet widespread. For that reason, it is still more expensive than virgin nylon.
Much research and investment are going into developing better recycling processes to meet the growing demand. There is good hope that we will soon see the offer and quality of recycled nylon increase and its price decrease.
Another environmental benefit of using recycled nylon is that its production uses much less energy and fossil fuels than virgin nylon and emits about 50% less CO2.
Recycled Nylon and other Recycled Polyamide belong to SANE Approved Material List. SANE recognizes the certifications GRS for recycled fibers. For recycled nylon not certified GRS, the material production will need to be certified SANE by a SANE-accredited certifier.
A product made of at least 90% recycled nylon or recycled polyamide (or blended with other SANE Approved Material) and produced in a facility holding a SANE Scope Certificate is eligible to be certified SANE.
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Other sources: Sea Shepherd; Hazardous Waste Experts; Textile Exchange