In 2020, Benetton further increased its use of recycled materials, in particular synthetic ﬁbers from pre- or post-consumer waste, in order to mitigate the environmental impact associated with the conventional version of these ﬁbers.
Nylon polyamide is a synthetic product often used in technical textiles because it is highly resistant with a tensile elongation before failure higher than other cellulose fiber fabrics. Because of its resistance, nylon polyamide is not biodegradable, and therefore represents a threat to the pollution of the sea and the environment. ECONYL® is a completely regenerated nylon polyamide, derived from nylon waste, like carpets and rugs or fishing nets, and processing scraps. The material can be endlessly recycled without ever losing its characteristics. By replacing virgin nylon polyamide with ECONYL® for the beachwear line, Benetton Group contributes to progressively reducing the amount of waste on the planet by recovering and regenerating it, so that it can be reintroduced into the production cycle as quality raw materials with characteristics similar to those of the virgin product.
Polyester is one of the most widely used synthetic fibers in the textile industry. Benetton Group made a choice to promote fabrics that contain at least 20% of recycled polyester from certified supply chains that verify the origin and re-use of production scraps or end-of-life materials that would otherwise end up in landfills.
RECYCLED POLYESTER WADDING
The term wadding for clothing, or padding, generally refers to a material designed to insulate from the cold and used for a soft and fluffy padding. Made of polyester fiber, the wadding is very long-lasting, and easy to maintain and wash. Wadding made of recycled polyester is obtained from common plastic food bottles (PET).