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Blanes - Nylstar has added a certified recycled option to its family of Meryl yarns, its polyamide 6.6 range of products, which, available in particularly fine counts, are finding increasing applications across the athleisure sector.

Nylstar has introduced Meryl Recycled yarn which, made from Invista recycled nylon 6.6 polymer, has been accredited with Global Recycled Standard (GRS) Certification.

According to Nylstar, though containing 50 per cent or more recycled content, the yarn will retain the quality for which Meryl is known.

Invista sources post-industrial nylon 6.6 material from its plant in Kingston, Canada, where fibres for airbags and carpets are produced. Through its proprietary process, Invista then converts the post-industrial fibre waste to pellet form and supplies it to Nylstar for spinning, enabling some of the world’s top fashion houses to deliver sustainable garments to the market.

“We, through our Research Center for Advanced Recycled Materials, are the first to commercialize these recycled materials for use in fine denier yarns for the athleisure market," said Alfonso Cirera, CEO and president of Nylstar, adding that the recycled Meryl yarns are available with additional sustainability solutions, including dope-dye colours, solvent and silicone-free, zero microplastic pollution, and natural stretch without elastane.

"These yarn technologies were born from Nylstar’s commitment to reduce or eliminate the use of water, energy, and chemicals while promoting 100% recyclability in garment production."

Nylstar is also currently working with retailers to rapidly develop collection and processing infrastructure to promote post-consumer recycling of garments made with Meryl yarns.

Mark Delaplane, vice president of Product Line Strategy at Invista added: “Nylstar has the knowledge and technology to convert recycled polymer into speciality yarns. This is an exciting example of a win-win solution and preferred customer relationship that promotes environmental stewardship while delivering high quality products to the fashion industry. Thanks to our work with Invista, we can now offer our brand partners a new way to transition to closed-loop solutions without compromising the performance, hand-feel and durability consumers expect from Meryl yarns.”

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