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New yarn offers superior sustainability benefits

by Madelein
New yarn offers superior sustainability benefits

B.I.G Yarns recently announced the launch of their new EqoCycle Yarn, a fully recyclable PA6 yarn with 75% recycled content that offers the same high-quality performance as virgin PA6 yarn. The new recycled yarn, mainly based on post-industrial waste, supports contract, automotive and residential carpet manufacturers with a drop-in circular solution to reduce the ecological footprint of their end products.

B.I.G. Yarns is an independent entity within the Belgian family-owned business, Beaulieu International Group.

The main features of EqoCycle Yarn include:
• 75% recycled content yarn with no performance compromise.
• A circular, endlessly recyclable solution for contract, automotive and residential carpets.
• Significant resource efficiency when compared to virgin-based PA6 yarn.

Superior Sustainability

Made with recycled granulates derived from pre-consumer recycled and regenerated PA6, which has been certified by the Control Union for Global Recycled Standard (GRS) Certification, EqoCycle products use fewer virgin materials, resulting in a 58% decrease of fossil fuels and a 27% decrease in energy consumption.

In addition, EqoCycle yarns allow a reduction of 37% in CO₂ eq./kg compared to the fossil-based yarns. Customers have the assurance that for every 1000 tons of EqoCycle yarn, 13 562 barrels of oil are saved and CO₂ emissions are reduced by 2700 tons when compared to PA6 traditionally made from virgin materials.

“EqoCycle is a perfect example of how higher resource efficiency in our industry can promote greater circularity in our customers’ industries. By minimising waste, re-using materials and saving energy and carbon emissions in production, it provides our customers and carpet brands with a new sustainable alternative that will not compromise end-product performance while supporting their increasing focus on CO₂ reduction and global warming potential. This all forms part of our wider commitment to encouraging decoupling from the need for only virgin feedstocks and moving towards a circular economy for yarns and soft flooring industries,” comments Emmanuel Colchen, General Manager Yarns Division.

Portfolio expansion

EqoCycle is the latest circular solution in B.I.G. Yarns’ PA6 portfolio, joining EqoBalance PA6, based on biomass balance renewable resources, which offer up to 75% CO₂ reduction. Both exemplify the company’s on-going investment in developing new products that better serve customers’ needs in a sustainable way.

The innovation of EqoCycle and EqoBalance PA6 aligns with the company’s active integration of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its business activities, creating value for customers and engaging employees and value chain partners as part of B.I.G. Yarns sincere belief in, and broader commitment to, social responsibility.

Photos: © Beaulieu International Group

For more information visit: www.beaulieuyarns.com/en/sustainability-innovation/eqocycle/

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