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New Sensil BioCare reduces impact on ecosystems

Special technology helps reduce textile impact during use and after disposal.

22nd April 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Migdal Haemek, Israel

Sustainable, Clothing/​Footwear

Premium Nylon 6.6 producer Nilit has introduced Sensil BioCare, a sustainable premium Nylon fibre enhanced with special technology that is said to help lessen the persistence of textile waste in sea water and in landfills.

Sensil BioCare is the newest addition to the broad Sensil portfolio of responsibly manufactured, environmentally considerate premium Nylon products that benefit the entire textile supply chain, from polymer to finished garment. Nilit says it has developed these products to help the textile and apparel industry address its specific environmental challenges, such as water consumption, ecosystem impact, and use of recycled content, and to respond to consumer demand for more responsible textiles.

“We designed our new Sensil BioCare to help reduce the potential impact of synthetic fabrics on the Earth’s ecosystems,” says Ilan Melamed, Nilit General Manager. “We provide consumers the same performance, comfort, and durability they expect from Sensil premium Nylon along with the peace of mind that they are making a positive choice for the planet.”

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Sensil BioCare features a built-in technology that Nilit says is proven through an independent lab to break down Sensil BioCare fibres substantially more rapidly than conventional nylon. Tests were conducted in both landfill soil and sea water simulations to understand the potential impact of Sensil BioCare on both ecosystems. Sensil BioCare showed remarkable disintegration in both simulated environments during the test periods in comparison to nylon fibre that does not include the special technology, the company says.

Specifically, Nilit explains, initial testing according to ASTM D6691 Standard Test Method for Determining Aerobic Biodegradation Of Plastic Materials In The Marine Environment and ASTM D5511 Standard Test Method For Determining Anaerobic Biodegradation Of Plastic Materials Under High-Solids Anaerobic-Digestion Conditions indicate that Sensil BioCare yarns will break down more rapidly than conventional nylon. These promising findings point to reduced waste accumulation in both oceans and landfills.

The special technology in Sensil BioCare will not wear or wash out nor will it interfere with other performance additives, finishes, or dyes. In addition, Sensil BioCare is responsibly manufactured according to Nilit’s Total Product Sustainability (TPS) criteria. Sensil BioCare fabrics are said to be long-lasting while also being very soft and aesthetically rich, ensuring that conscious consumers will appreciate their apparel even more knowing that they are part of the sustainable solution.

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