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Recycled content for floorcoverings with EqoCycle

Significant resource efficiency in production compared to virgin-based PA6 yarn.

9th March 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Wielsbeke, Belgium


B.I.G. Yarns, a division of Beaulieu International based in Wielsbeke, Belgium is launching EqoCycle – a fully recyclable PA6 yarn with 75% recycled content, offering the same high-quality performance of virgin PA6 yarn.

The new recycled yarn is mainly based on post-industrial waste and supports contract, automotive and residential carpet manufacturers with a drop-in circular solution to reduce the ecological footprint of their end products.

EqoCycle is made with recycled granulates derived from pre-consumer recycled and regenerated PA6, certified by Control Union for Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification.

The use of less virgin materials translates to a decrease of fossil fuels by 58% and a 27% decrease in energy consumption. In addition, EqoCycle yarns allow a reduction of 37% of COâ‚‚ eq./kg compared to oil-based yarns. The environmental impacts of EqoCycle with 75% recycled content were calculated through an LCA analysis, verified according to ISO 14025 and EN 15804+A1 and published in an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD registration number S-P-02415).

© Beaulieu International

Customers have the assurance that for every 1,000 tons of EqoCycle yarn, 13,562 barrels of oil are saved and 2,700 tons of COâ‚‚ emission are reduced, 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,” said B.I.G. general manager Emmanuel Colchen. “Minimizing 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 won’t compromise their end-product performance but will support their increasing focus on COâ‚‚ reduction and global warming potential. It is part of our wider commitment to encourage decoupling from virgin feedstocks and moving towards a circular economy for the soft flooring industry.”

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