Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Good green news from Europe

A good bit of green carpet news from Europe, reported in the excellent info resource fibre2fashion.com:

The carpet industry could soon benefit from 100% recycled carpet yarns and backings thanks to a new strategic partnership between two leading manufacturers.

Aquafil, a European market leader in carpet yarn manufacturing, textile yarn production and polymer engineering and Colbond, the global leading producer and supplier of nonwoven primary carpet backings, announced the formation of a strategic partnership that will enhance the environmental sustainability of the carpet industry. Colbond will use Aquafil’s Econyl, post-industrial and post-consumer recycled polyamide-6, to extend its range of environmentally friendly carpet backings. A substantial and growing part of Econyl is generated from carpet waste.

Aquafil is a pioneer in the recycling of polyamide-6 waste and has invested significant funds in the development of dedicated industrial plants. With its “Econyl” process, the company has closed the loop of carpet waste recovery by using carpet yarn as the primary raw material for polyamide and finished BCF (bulked continuous filament) yarn.

Colbond launched the industry’s first nonwoven carpet backing made of post-consumer recycled polyester in 2007 and is continually seeking for new opportunities to further improve the sustainability of its processes and products. Following intense joint Research & Development work, Colbond will be producing its new environmentally sustainable nonwovens containing recycled polyamide-6 (rPA-6) derived exclusively from Aquafil’s “Econyl” process. Branded “Colback Green”, these innovative backings comprise bi-component filaments with a post-consumer recycled bottle scrap PET core and an Econyl rPA-6 skin.

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