NILIT, a global provider of Nylon 6.6, has introduced Sensil® BioCare, a sustainable premium Nylon fiber enhanced with a technology that helps reduce the persistence of textile waste in sea water and in landfills. The product is the newest addition to the Sensil® portfolio of responsibly manufactured, environmentally considerate premium Nylon products that benefit the entire textile supply chain, from polymer to finished garment.
NILIT has developed these products to help the textile and apparel industry address its specific environmental challenges, such as water consumption, ecosystem impact, and use of recycled content, and to respond to consumer demand for more responsible textiles.
The new nylon fiber features a built-in technology that has been shown in tests with an independent lab to break down the new fibers substantially more rapidly than conventional nylon. Tests were conducted in both landfill soil and sea water simulations to understand the potential impact of the product on both ecosystems. According to the company, “Sensil® BioCare showed remarkable disintegration in both simulated environments during the test periods in comparison to nylon fiber that does not include the special technology.”
Initial testing, according to ASTM standard tests, indicates that the new yarns will break down more rapidly than conventional nylon. The technology will not wear or wash out nor will it interfere with other performance additives, finishes or dyes, the company says.
Launched on Earth Day, the product is manufactured under the NILIT TPS criteria resulting in a reduced carbon footprint, elimination of toxic emissions, conservation of water and energy and zero waste.