Vain Dane Athletic uses different sustainable textiles in the different styles. It is important that all of the clothes comes from sustainable materials and has been made with a high level of ethical sustainability.
We work towards achieving The Global Goal no 12 - Responsible consumption and production - by using only fabrics that have Oeko-Tex certifications, are made from sustainable materials, and can be used over and over again.
ECONYL® regenerated nylon is made by recovering nylon waste such as fishing nets from the oceans and aquaculture, but also fabric scraps from mills and old rugs and carpets destined for landfills. By turning it into virgin quality nylon yarn for the fashion and interior industries, the already existing material gets a new life and doesn't become part of the increasing amount of waste found in the nature.
FAO and UNEP estimate that there are 640,000 tons of discarded fishing nets and old fishing lines in the oceans. These fishing nets, often called ghost nets, remain adrift for an estimated 500 years and is responsible for the devastating capture of marine mammals, whales, and birds. It's a problem that only gets worse every year.
The ECONYL® Regeneration System starts with collecting the waste. Old discarded fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring from offices, homes and shops, as well as industrial plastic from landfills and oceans all over the world. That waste is then sorted and cleaned to recover as much nylon as possible.
Through a radical regeneration and purification process, the nylon waste is recycled right back to its original purity. That means ECONYL® regenerated nylon is exactly the same as virgin nylon. There is not difference between regenerated nylon and nylon made from new resources...except exactly that: made from existing resources rather than new crude oil based resources.
ECONYL® regenerated nylon is then processed into two categories of yarn; carpet yarn and textile yarn for the fashion and interior industries.
The advantage of ECONYL® regenerated nylon is that it can be recycled infinitely, without ever losing its quality. According to the Global Goal no 12 - Responsible Production and Consumption - a circular design process is the future and using ECONYL® can be first step on that journey.
ECONYL® regenerated is nylon not only made from waste - it is also one of the best textile resources when it comes to climate change. It reduces the global warming impact of nylon by as much as 80% compared with the material made from oil.
Aquafil, the owner of the ECONYL® trademark, has partnerships with different organisations. They include Net-Works™ and Healthy Seas from where they get the discarded fishing nets. The fishing nets are recovered in collection points by volunteer divers, who picked them from the sea bed and then sent to Aquafil’s Slovenian regeneration plant. Here, thanks to a unique recycling process, the fishing nets brought in by Healthy Seas and Net-Works™, together with other nylon waste material gathered, are regenerated to make the ECONYL® nylon yarn.
With sustainable processes like ECONYL®'s nylon regeneration, where existing material is reused it is possible to be able to continue to create new products and buy new products infinite. We can have a healthy environment and new clothes - we just need to change the conventional way of thinking about production.
See Vain Dane Athletic's brand profile on ECONYL® website: https://www.econyl.com/blog/case-studies-fashion/vain-dane-athletic-collection/