What is NuCycl?
The fashion industry generates an estimated 92 million tons of garbage each year, which will only continue to grow with fast fashion growing in popularity. To counter this, Evrnu, intellectual property owner of a wide range of regenerative fibre technologies has developed a chemical and engineering platform, NyCycl, a set of technologies which helps in making entirely new products from post-consumer, discarded or waste clothing multiple times with zero impact on the quality. The technology uses repolymerization ( combining a monomer to form polymers), to convert the original fibre molecules into new high-performing renewable fibres. Even the toughest type of textile waste after consumption can be turned into new materials with NuCycl. It works by breaking down the textile waste into new recyclable fibre which can be regenerated over and over into new apparel, household and industrial fabrics. NuCycl is the future of the textile industry, its extraordinary performance and environmental advantages can transform the textile industry into a waste valuable resource, by decreasing waste which further leads to decreasing carbon footprints that in turn help in significant water saving and environmental benefits.
How is Nucycl different from other textiles?
The highlight feature of NuCycl is its capacity to recycle post-consumer fabrics into entirely new products which can be regenerated up to five times without hurting the fabric’s quality helping in reducing fabric waste to its maximum potential. The chemical and engineering platform NuCycl, which accounts for the majority of global textiles waste, can “successfully recycle roughly 9 fibre kinds within the textile waste,” resolving the challenge of recycling today’s endless mix of diverse fabrics each with individual demands for efficient recycling.
What are the features of the material created with NuCycl?
It develops regenerative fibre made entirely from cotton textile waste, which is recyclable and can be regenerated up to 5 times into new apparel, household and industrial fabrics with no need to blend with virgin material and is a better alternative to resource-intensive cotton and man-made cellulosic fabric. This also helps in the reduction of carbon emissions and plastic shedding. NuCycl exceeds the performance of polyester or man-made cellulosic fibres in the market today, meeting both efficiency and environmental demands at the same time meticulously
What are the benefits of Nucycl?
NuCycl provides better quality textiles with better performance by transforming unwanted textiles into valuable resources. By diverting textiles from landfills, NuCycl prevents greenhouse gas emissions in turn reducing carbon footprints. It also helps in saving water by extending the lifecycle of raw materials multiple times, therefore providing environmental benefits with increased efficiency.
How is NuCycl made?
NyCycl uses repolymerization to convert original waste fibre molecules into high-performance renewable fibres. Evrnu employs the chemical-based NuCycl approach to break down cotton to its basic polymer to prevent weakening the original materials. Then the polymers are removed and turned into liquid pulp which is then placed in a 3D printer-like equipment that further creates new yarn to be used to make fabrics.
What are the challenges faced while making NuCycl?
Since the clothes in use today weren’t originally designed for recycling, a lot of them are made with difficult-to-recycle blends such as cotton and polyester mix and often contain chemicals that can hinder the recycling process, while contaminating factory wastewater. In short, they are difficult to disassemble on a molecular level and pose harm to the environment. Another problem arises with the sourcing of fabric which is precisely sorted and graded based on the makeup of fibres. Also, fibre-to-fibre recycling procedures may frequently demand a lot of energy usage and the related carbon footprint which can pose to be a challenge in the long run.
What is the overall impact of the innovation?
NuCycl has created a sustainable alternative to the traditional textile manufacturing process. In the last few years with the increase in fast fashion, the demand for cotton increased as well as its price, therefore people have been using manmade polyester fabrics as an alternative. Since polyester and synthetic fabrics are non-biodegradable, they harm the environment and also end up generating a considerable amount of waste post-consumption. NuCycl’s technology can break down these cotton and polyester fabrics, bringing them back into the production system with better quality and environmental benefits. In addition, old textile garments the waste textiles sitting in landfills have been found to hold harsh cancer potential dyes, heavy metals etc, with NuCycl technology these textiles leave behind a pure cellulose material leaving all the chemical substances behind. Overall, with the innovation of NuCycl technology, we finally have a surefire way to fight unsustainable textile practices by minimizing fabric waste to the maximum.
What are the Brands working with NuCycl material?
- The Adidas by Stella McCartney Infinite Hoodie is the first garment to be rebuilt and constructed using NuCycl fibres and personalized performance attributes. The Infinite Hoodie is made from 60% NuCycl and 40% organic cotton that has been diverted from landfills and can be reused again and again to be made into a high-performance product. It is still a considerable feat in the sustainable textile industry even with the use of organic cotton.
- Levi Strauss & Co. has collaborated with Evrnu to develop the world’s first jeans by recycling five discarded cotton T-shirts. Despite the usage of some virgin cotton, this marks a significant advancement in recycling technology.
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