Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

March 22, 2007


Initiative to Make Good Use of Fabric Irregulars

Keywords: Climate Change Eco-business / Social Venture Energy Conservation Manufacturing industry Reduce / Reuse / Recycle 

Patagonia, Inc. (an American outdoor gear and apparel company) and Toray Industries, Inc. (a leading Japanese manufacturer of fibers, plastics and chemicals) announced on December 12, 2006 that they will be marketing clothes made of recycled nylon-6. Work pants made from the fabric will be available starting in fall 2007 and board shorts from spring 2008 at 2,000 shops in 12 countries around the world.

Under this partnership, Toray produces nylon-6 fibers through a recycling process in which it melts and chips irregular fabric generated in the nylon-6 production process and spins it into yarn again. Patagonia uses the recycled nylon-6 fiber to manufacture and sell garments.

Compared to clothing produced with fabric made from oil-derived virgin nylon-6 fiber, producing clothing with recycled nylon-6 fabric consumes only one-sixth of the energy and emits one-fifth of the carbon dioxide.

The two companies are willing to increase the range of their environmentally friendly products and services to help create a sustainable society.
- Patagonia Quickly Sells-Out T-Shirts with Environmental Messages (Related JFS article)
- Patagonia, Teijin Launch Complete Recycling of Polyester Garments (Related JFS article)
- Patagonia Japan Sells T-Shirts to Support Environmental NGOs (Related JFS article)
- Toray Accelerates its GHG Emission Reduction Program (Related JFS article)
- Toray Develops Vegetable-Based Material for High-Performance Films (Related JFS article)

Posted: 2007/03/22 02:23:23 PM
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