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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

Interiors

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 CO₂ 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).

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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 CO₂ 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 CO₂ 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.”

www.beaulieuyarns.com

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