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New Meryl yarns from Nylstar are GRS certified

The new Meryl Recycled yarns are part of Nylstar’s global strategy to provide Circular Economy solutions to the textiles industry

24th August 2020

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Blanes, Spain

Clothing/​Footwear, Sports/​Outdoor

Meryl yarn from Catalunya based Nylstar, can now be produced with the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification using Invista recycled nylon 6.6 polymer. Though containing 50% or more recycled content, the yarn will retain the world-renowned 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 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.

Alfonso Cirera, CEO and president of Nylstar, comments: “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."

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, the Spanish company says.

Nylstar adds that it 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, explains: "Nylstar has the knowledge and technology to convert recycled polymer into specialty 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.”

Alfonso Cirera adds: “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.”

From the fibres in our carpets to the plastic in our cars, Invista’s commitment to continuous improvement has led its employees to develop some of the most durable, versatile polymers and fibres in the world. A subsidiary of Koch Industries since 2004, Invista brings to market the proprietary ingredients for nylon 6.6 and recognized brands including Stainmaster, Cordura and Antron. Invista also offers recycled polymers, specialty chemical intermediates and process technologies.

Nylstar was founded in 1923 on the Mediterranean coast north of Barcelona and became one of the most important textile companies in Europe. In 1950, the company began producing nylon 6.6 and, since then, Meryl yarns have been produced on the same site, building a brand world-renowned in athleisure and fashion for its exceptional touch.

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