Cartersville, Ga.—The Aquafil Group, a pioneer in the circular economy, released its 2022 Sustainability Report, providing transparency into its progress made toward achieving stronger environmental, social and governance standards.
Aquafil is guided by a set of principles that urges the group to design better to do better, and has led the way for circular practices in the textiles industry such as the development of Econyl nylon, made 100% from nylon waste said to be able to be infinitely regenerated without losing quality and performance.
The group is at the forefront of conscious innovation and works with suppliers and clients to design physically and emotionally durable products that consumers love and the planet does not resent. In 2022, Aquafil explored different pathways to circularity, opening up endless opportunities for the entire industry. These include:
- Starting a pilot project to use Econyl filaments for 3D printing, asking clients to recover both waste and their 3D-printed products at the end of their life to be regenerated in the AquafilSLO plant.
- Launching the Born Regenerated to be Regenerable (Born R2R) program in the EU market, which aims to engage clients in the carpet segment to produce fully-disassemblable carpets with materials that are compatible with the Econyl Regeneration System.
Additional environmental achievements include:
- Reducing Scope 1 + Scope 2 emissions by an additional 16%
- Recovering 91% of waste through recycling and energy recovery
- Reaching their target of reducing water consumption by 30% three years in advance
- Continuing to use 100% electricity from renewable resources
“If there is one lesson that we can take from this turbulent year, it is that current challenges should not slow down our sustainability efforts,” said Giulio Bonazzi, CEO and Chairman of Aquafil. “If anything, they urge us to act faster. Aquafil has been forging a path of sustainability for the textile and carpet industries through cutting-edge technology and forward-thinking for over two decades. We hope to continue working with other organizations to radically rethink the way business has been done for a more sustainable future.”
Aquafil does not limit its sustainability efforts to circular economy innovation and recognizes that the challenges facing the environment must be addressed collectively with stronger social and governance standards. In 2022, Aquafil approved a Global Parental Leave Policy for all Group employees and has drafted a Human Rights Policy to ensure the safety and welfare of employees among all its facilities and that of its suppliers and vendors. Aquafil also expanded its number of certifications, obtaining two more ISO 50001 certifications for Aquafil Arco and Aquafil China, one more ISO 45001 certification for Aquafil China and one more SA8000 certification for Aquafil UK.