2020 - 2021
A vital component of Prada’s heritage and a hallmark of its approach to contemporary fashion, nylon is an emblem of the brand DNA. The Prada Re-Nylon project represents a commitment to sustainable and truly responsible practice.
“Our ultimate goal will be to convert all Prada virgin nylon into Re-Nylon by the end of 2021. This project highlights our continued efforts towards promoting a responsible business. This collection allows us to make our contribution and create products without using new resources.”
Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group Head of Marketing and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
Prada Re-Nylon project is the product of a partnership between Prada and the textile yarn producer Aquafil, an Italian company with over half a century of expertise in creating synthetic fibers. Across a number of years, Aquafil has invested heavily in ground-breaking research and development of sustainable materials, producing new from old.
ECONYL® is a regenerated-nylon yarn that can be recycled an indefinite number of times without affecting the quality of the material. ECONYL® yarn is made of recycling discarded plastic that has been collected from landfill sites and oceans across the whole planet.
Gathering of waste materials: fishing nets, discarded nylon, carpet and industrial waste are sorted and cleaned to maximize the quantity of recuperated nylon.
Regeneration and purification: through a chemical de-polymerization procedure, the nylon waste is recycled right back to its original purity.
At production plants in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Arco, Italy, the recycled materials are re-transformed into polymers and threads through a new polymerization process.
First debut in 2019 with a capsule bag collection of six classic styles for men and women, the Prada Re-Nylon 2020 collection expanded and extended, translating into Prada ready-to-wear for the first time and redefined both of Prada’s signature nylon textiles in sustainable Re-Nylon fabrication: nylon gabardine and nylon Piuma. Alongside ready-to-wear, the collection features the first Re-Nylon footwear - new iterations of the Monolith combat boots and shoes, low- and high-top sneakers -, hats, belts and multiple bag silhouettes for men and women, including belt-bags, backpacks, cross-body styles and an archival Re-Edition style drawn from 2000.
Representing a commitment to sustainable practice now and in the future, the expansion of the Prada Re-Nylon offering renews a company-wide estimate goal for sustainability: to convert all Prada virgin nylon into regenerated nylon by the end of 2021.