“More and more manufacturers and brands get it; more and more are taking action..."
Aquafil has been one of the leading global players in the production of polyamide 6 (nylon 6) and bioengineering pioneers Genomatica have announced the formation of a multi-company collaboration Project EFFECTIVE. The aim is to produce more sustainable fibers and plastics for commercial use by using renewable feedstocks and bio-based technologies. It will involve 12 companies, including brands like H&M, Carvico, Vaude and Balsan and is one of the broadest industrial-driven efforts to reshape entire product value chains and drive economic growth. One of the key objectives of Project EFFECTIVE is to develop a more sustainable nylon, made from bio-based caprolactam produced using renewable feedstocks. The nylon will be validated by brands to make apparel and carpet textiles.
“This consortium is an important step toward a more circular economy,” said Giulio Bonazzi, Chairman and CEO of Aquafil. “Together we will drive new waves of healthy industrialization, economic growth, and greater sustainability – better than we can individually.”
An advantage of Project EFFECTIVE is the early involvement of major consumer brands, allowing them to contribute valuable customer- and industry-driven perspectives. This brand participation is expected to facilitate broader and faster adoption of sustainable technologies and products. Brands will better understand what monomers, polymers and sustainability initiatives are commercially available, enabling them to develop more effective plans with suppliers regarding bio-based ingredients and materials.
“More renewables in product value chains means more impact,” said Christophe Schilling, CEO of Genomatica. “More and more manufacturers and brands get it; more and more are taking action. We look forward to rapidly expanding the circle of action.”
Project EFFECTIVE’s stakeholders span eight countries and are leaders in renewable feedstocks, conversion technologies, makers of intermediate and finished products, major consumer brands and recycling technologies. Participants include Aquafil, Genomatica, H&M, Carvico, Vaude, Balsan, Circular Change, Life Cycle Engineering, Bio-Mi, Südzucker, Fundación CIRCE, and Novamont.
The initiative is funded in part through a grant from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public/private partnership between the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Aquafil and Genomatica’s agreement announced in early 2018 will pave the way toward the industrial production of bio-based nylon.
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