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Aquafil and Outerknown join forces to promote sustainability through art

As a core value for both Aquafil and Outerknown, sustainability plays a major role in the companies’ business decisions.

19th September 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Trento

Sustainable, Clothing/​Footwear

Aquafil, a leading carpet and textile manufacturing industry specialist, and an Outerknown sustainable menswear brand, have announced their collaboration to promote an exhibition of photographs by artist Anne de Carbuccia titled One • One Planet One Future in an effort to draw attention to how human activities are affecting the environment today.

Hosted by The Shrine Foundation from 16 September to 21 November at the Westbeth Center for the Arts in New York City, Anne de Carbuccia’s photographs feature symbolically significant environments revolving around four key themes: extinction, water, war and plastic.

As a result, the photographs create an exposé on the disastrous effects of pollution and war and generate a powerful call to action for global environmental remediation and conservation efforts. The exhibit also includes a short film narrated by de Carbuccia that provides behind-the-scenes access to her work and insights into the deeper purpose of the imagery.

Environmentally responsible apparel

As a core value for both Aquafil and Outerknown, sustainability plays a major role in the companies’ business decisions and is exemplified in their partnership to create environmentally responsible apparel. ECONYL being 100% regenerated was key in Outerknown’s decision to establish a partnership and incorporate ECONYL fibre as a core component of its collections, the company reports.

Latching on to the plastic and water themes of the art installation, Aquafil’s ECONYL Regeneration Process represents the emergence of a new “circular” model of resource re-use that aims to fuel sustainable change. By diverting global waste streams and promoting environmental clean-up activities, companies can play an important role in creating a more virtuous cycle that removes the world’s dependency on materials extraction and leads toward a more regenerative economy, the companies reports.

Sustainable future

“A single image can be more powerful than countless words. Anne de Carbuccia’s work provides a unique representation of the damage our planet is suffering and inspires us to do anything in our power to make sure future generations live in better world,” said Giulio Bonazzi, Chairman and CEO of Aquafil.

“Companies like Outerknown share our vision of a sustainable future and we look forward to continue working together to further ocean conservation efforts and promote responsible business practices.”

In addition to supporting the message of the project, Giulio Bonazzi spoke on a panel organized by EcoSessions to discuss innovations in textiles last week. EcoSessions is a leading event series connecting industry, designers and citizens to discuss how the fashion industry can positively impact the world.


Since 1969, an Italy based company, Aquafil has been one of the leading players in the production of polyamide 6. The Aquafil Group has a presence in eight countries on three continents, employing more than 2,700 staff at 16 plants located in Italy, Germany, Scotland, Slovenia, Croatia, the USA, Thailand and China.

Made from 100% upcycled nylon waste materials, ECONYL is said to be ideal for creating high-quality garments that are durable, lightweight, breathable and environmentally friendly, according to Aquafil. ECONYL is said to offer the same quality and performance as traditionally manufactured nylon and can be recycled an infinite number of times without any loss in quality.

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