We are aware of the environmental impact of the clothing industry and our responsibility in this matter, and are are aiming to be as environmentally conscious and transparent as possible. We are striving to constantly improve and are more than happy to receive any feedback, ideas or questions about our practices. For utmost clarity and transparency, you can find the breakdown of each fabric used to manufacture a certain Lilja the Label product on the product page. We have also introduced the two recycled materials that we use, ECONYL® and REPREVE®, below.
ECONYL® regenerated nylon – ocean plastics and industrial waste
ECONYL® regenerated nylon may be the first regenerated fiber for swimwear and activewear fabric that comes to mind, and for a great reason! ECONYL® nylon is a regenerated nylon yarn made by an Italian company called Aquafil. The swimwear and activewear fabrics utilising ECONYL® yarn are manufactured exclusively by Italian Carvico and consist of 78% regenerated nylon and 22% elastane coming in different thicknesses suitable for both swimwear and activewear. ECONYL® regenerated nylon has been made utilising pre-consumer and post-consumer waste such as fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring and industrial plastic. For each 10 000 tons of the raw material collected, they are able to save 70 000 barrels of crude oil and 65 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions from entering our atmosphere.
All Carvico fabrics utilising ECONYL® regenerated nylon have the OEKO-TEX® 100-standard ensuring they have been tested for harmful substances and are safe to be used and worn.
The ECONYL® regeneration system consists of four steps:
The ECONYL® nylon regeneration system starts with rescuing waste that would otherwise be polluting the Earth, from all over the world. That waste is then sorted and cleaned to recover all of the nylon possible.
Through a radical regeneration and purification process, the nylon waste is recycled right back to its original purity. That means ECONYL® nylon is exactly the same as virgin nylon when it comes to the qualities of this fiber.
ECONYL® nylon is processed into carpet yarn and textile yarn for the fashion and interior industries.
Fashion brands and carpet producers use ECONYL® nylon to create brand new products. And that nylon has the potential to be recycled infinitely, without ever losing its quality. The goal is that once all products containing ECONYL® are no longer useful to customers, they can go back into step one of the Regeneration System.
REPREVE® – recycled plastic bottles
REPREVE® is the world’s leading recycled fiber made from recycled plastic bottles regenerated into a high quality nylon yarn. As billions of plastic bottles worldwide end up on landfills, REPREVE® is combatting an enormous problem and giving these valuable resources a new life. The company behind REPREVE®, Unifi, has already recycled more than 25 billion plastic bottles and rescued them from ending up on landfills and turning into a waste. At the same time, they have avoided 646 million kgs of CO2 emissions from entering into our atmosphere. Compared to making what’s called virgin fiber, making REPREVE® offsets using new petroleum, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and conserving water and energy in the process.
We use REPREVE® as our print fabric due to the great qualities this fabric has for printing: it’s high-quality and keeps it’s shape and colour well yet being super soft and stretchy for the best fit. Our amazing factory prints our pattern designs into a solid white version of this fabric to gain the best print quality and contrast and we couldn’t be happier!
The process of manufacturing this fabric is listed in five steps:
- Source Recycled Waste: Recycled plastic bottles and post-industrial waste (including their own) are collected worldwide.
- Make the Chip: Waste material is chopped, ground, washed, melted and reformulated into high-quality REPREVE chip.
- Form the Fiber: Chip is melted into liquid polymer and extruded through tiny openings in a spinneret, creating continuous filaments that form REPREVE fiber.
- Process the Yarn: Fiber becomes yarn through spinning and air-jet texturing.
- Ship to Customers: Finished yarn goes into fabrics, making everyday products more sustainable.