Nilit announced it has recently completed the scale-up of its вЂњrecycledвЂќ yarns. A unique combination produced from the вЂњwasteвЂќ of other polymers, the new yarns represent a breakthrough in yarn engineering and production.
Fabio Kahn, Nilit's Fibers Division Director, says the development вЂњshows NilitвЂ™s continued dedication to innovations in research and development of nylon yarns and our longstanding commitment to protecting the environment. Being aware of our impact on the environment and reducing that impact with a product this original is highly gratifying.вЂќ
Nilit has long recycled its yarn waste to produce polyamide chips through a re-melting process. This process reduces the energy consumption compared to fiber spun from virgin polymers, which the Company uses in compounds for plastic applications.
вЂњWith increasing demand for eco-friendly yarns and products, вЂњwe decided to develop yarn spun primarily from this recycled polymer,вЂќ notes Alon Weiser, NilitвЂ™s Research Development and Technical Service Manager.
вЂњWe overcame the variability in efficiency and low dye affinity by mixing 90% of the recycled polymer with 10% of our deep dye polymer to achieve a rich color. The yarns have excellent uniformity and color depth, which makes them well suited for seamless apparel, legwear and for other textile end-uses.вЂќ
With this development, Nilit has significantly shortened the вЂњtechnology chain,вЂќ especially in high energy-consuming stages such as evaporation. The process does not require the use of autoclaves. As well, it reduces pollution.
This new yarn represents another milestone for the Company in its ongoing commitment to protecting the environment. вЂњAt the corporate level, we have a вЂzero wasteвЂ™ policy,вЂќ Kahn states. вЂњThis development reinforces our company philosophy to respect and protect the environment. Over the years we have consistently looked for ways to conserve water, reduce emissions, recycle waste, and operate a cleaner enterprise.вЂќ
In addition to its recycling yarn waste (in its own recycling facility), Nilit captures and reuses energy from its facilities for use in its manufacturing processes. Company engineers have designed systems to significantly reduce sulfur levels. Low-emission burners have replaced plant boilers. At Nilit corporate headquarters in Migdal HaвЂ™Emek, Israel, employees are active in the National ManufacturerвЂ™s Association for the Environment.