Italian fashion house Prada is aiming to significantly reduce its dependent on traditional nylon—a key fabric that’s been synonymous with the brand. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s 2019 and there has been a lot of talk about sustainability. It’s a hot-button issue that’s not restricted to any particular industry, but fashion is known to be the guiltiest culprit for unsustainable practices.
The synthetic materials that were once thought to be more ethical and sustainable substitutes for materials derived from nature, are now part of the problem. The plastics that are piling up in our oceans consist of not only trash bags and drink straws, but also non-biodegradable, plastic-based fabrics such as polyester, acrylic and nylon. Yes, all those faux leather pieces marketed as eco-friendly alternatives to real leather are actually not helping, folks.
Prada's newly launched Prada Re-Nylon capsule collection is making a change. Partnering with textile yarn producer Aquafil, the Prada Re-Nylon capsule collection makes use of the recyclable ECONYL® nylon. You read that right: recyclable. ECONYL® nylon is made from plastic waste collected from the oceans, fishing nets, and textile fibre waste (such as used carpets). And through a process of depolymerisation and re-polymerisation, ECONYL® nylon can be continuously recycled without any loss of quality.
Basically, the Prada Re-Nylon capsule collection has a never-ending life cycle. Used or worn out Prada Re-Nylon pieces can be recycled to make new bags and accessories. Genius.
The Prada Re-Nylon collection consists of six classic styles—a belt bag, a shoulder bag, a tote, a duffle and two iterations of the backpack. Each is also adorned with a new Prada logo that's an iteration of the classic triangular logo, but interpreted to reflect the cyclical supply chain that the brand is aiming for.
This is just the first step. Eventually, the goal is to substitute Prada's use of nylon with ECONYL® nylon by the end of 2021. This could potentially spell exciting things for Prada. Imagine being able to turn in your well used Prada Re-Nylon bag and get it made brand new again without having to buy something entirely new…