Nilit, a global company specialized in producing Nylon 6.6 for apparel and owner of Sensil, its own branded nylon fiber, has unveiled “Making Nylon Sustainable,” its Corporate Sustainability Report for the period 2017-2020. The document details the company’s achievements to improve its environmental footprint and explains its plans to positively influence the textile and apparel industry.
The report shares Nilit’s accomplishments and the company’s ongoing plans to continuously improve the ecological and social influence of its operations and practices in the market and in the communities where it operates. Through collaboration with brands, retailers, customers, employees and vendors, Nilit has developed a large portfolio of sustainable premium Nylon 6.6 products under its Sensil consumer brand. The Sensil portfolio includes performance products manufactured while controlling water and energy consumption, waste reduction, use of recycled inputs and impact to ecosystems.
Nilit has achieved some sustainability goals in its facilities around the world, especially its innovations in clean energy cogeneration that reduced CO2 by 40% and eliminated emissions of toxic gases.
The company also introduced QR codes in all Sensil hangtags. Produced with FSC paper and distributed on certified garments from brands worldwide, these hangtags guarantee authenticity and provide more information to consumers about the technologies and benefits of premium nylon.
“Our industry’s journey toward sustainability relies on creativity, commitment and partnership,” said Ilan Melamed, general manager, Nilit. “Our vision is to be the world’s most innovative and sustainable nylon producer, creating solutions that transform businesses as well as lives. By publishing this report, we openly share this idea with all our stakeholders and invite our industry colleagues to join us in this crucial endeavor.”
For instance, they aim to use valuable water resources responsibly by preserving water through recycling, new cooling and filtration recovery procedures and reverse osmosis. Plus, Nilit aims to lessen water use in production. It also strives to reach a more efficient use of energy to fuel production by using lean energy sources, concentrate on energy recycling, and other approaches, such as onsite co-generation, to minimize dependence on non-renewable sources.
Recycling and repurposing effluents and reducing emissions is key for the company in order to lessen its burden on the environment and shrink its carbon footprint. As it has set a zero waste process as an immediate goal, it aims to minimize pollution and waste by reducing, recycling, reusing and repurposing.
As part of its Making Nylon Sustainable strategy, Nilit is also focused on selecting and managing materials and chemicals that are clean, recycled, recyclable and non-toxic to its employees, customers and the environment.
Among some of the fibers it offers there are, for instance, the Nilit-based Sensil EcoCare line of products that uses recycled nylon from operations. The process to reclaim waste nylon is highly efficient, and the use of recycled inputs further reduces the carbon footprint and water and energy consumption. The Sensil EcoCare concept applies to others of its product lines. Nilit also recently introduced Sensil EcoCare Breeze while it is working to expand the EcoCare technology to its other products.
Other Nilit products feature additional recycling and waste reduction elements such as Sensil Heat that uses recycled coffee bean shell residue to retain body heat naturally.
Nilit is also involved in continuing to innovate and identify new ways to advance sustainable life cycles for all of its products and reduce their impact on the planet once garments made with its fiber reach their end of life and guarantees that its products are free from hazardous chemicals that could harm people or the planet should they end up in the land fill or the incinerator, along with during the textiles’ production and use.
One new path towards sustainability taken by Nilit is biodegradability. The company is developing yarns that have biodegradable properties. These yarns have been prepared by adding a biodegradability agent to the yarn in the spinning process. This way products made with Sensil BioCare fibers, when becoming waste, reduce the persistence of plastic microfiber pollution in the oceans and plastic accumulation in landfills.
Also, newly developed is the BioBased yarn that will provide a solution to use bio-waste as the intermediate material for its polymers.