There is no doubt that the textile and fashion industry is changing its course towards a more sustainable and ethical future. That includes greener solutions regarding textiles, supply chains, manufacturing of clothing, working conditions, human rights and even the garments’ lifecycles.
Among these innovations, we have been over new eco-friendly alternatives to conventional textiles. We have already talked about REPREVE Recycled Fabric and now it’s time to discover AMNI Soul Eco.
What is AMNI Soul Eco?
AMNI Soul Eco is part of a new generation of textiles that are environmentally-friendly. It is a recyclable and reusable nylon that is as resistant and high-performance as traditional polyamides, and it is the world’s first biodegradable yarn in the world.
Nowadays, when speaking of sustainable synthetic fibers, it is most common to find that they are eco-friendly because they are produced to reduce waste on the front-end by using recycled materials. Yet AMNI Soul Eco goes beyond that.
In fact, this fabric is the only recyclable and biodegradable polyamide thread in the world at the moment. It takes into consideration the manufacturing process, but also the end of the yarn’s lifecycle.
How is AMNI Soul Eco made?
AMNI Soul Eco is a yarn developed and produced by Solvay, and distributed by FULGAR. This yarn has similar look and purpose to conventional synthetic fibers, yet its chemical structure and composition is slightly different.
While conventional synthetic fibers do not allow bacterial penetration and have a slower degradation process, AMNI fabric is made using an enhanced polyamide and manufactured in a way that it is easier and faster for bacteria to digest.
Is AMNI Soul Eco sustainable?
Yes, it is. AMNI Soul Eco is part of a new generation of sustainable yarns that are changing the fashion world.
On a first note, water is reused during its manufacturing process, which reduces the need of employing virgin, clean water for its making. On the other hand, the manufacturing process also helps preserve the ozone layer as it reduces the greenhouse gas emissions. The small amount of gasses that are created are taken care of before they are released to the air.
Moreover, the Amni Soul Eco production doesn’t involve the use of harmful substances. It has been certified by Oeko-Tex 一an independent control and certification system that focuses on the safety of textile products for human use一 as Standard 100 Class 1 yarn, which means it is toxic free and suitable for everyone to wear, from adults to babies.
These approaches allow brands and companies to respect and take care of the planet’s limited resources.
How long does it take for AMNI Soul Eco yarn to biodegrade?
Thanks to its enhanced polyamide 6.6 formula, AMNI Soul Eco is a biodegradable fiber that takes between 3-5 years to decompose. That is a huge difference if compared with conventional polyamides that take more than 50 years to biodegrade.
In other words, the AMNI Soul Eco solution decomposes ten times faster than the other synthetic fabrics we can find in the market today.
This technical yarn provides high quality clothing and, therefore, more durable garments. But, just like any other product, their lifecycle must end in the Earth’s soil. What is in fact innovative about AMNI Soul Eco is that it can disappear from the planet in a very short period of time, which reduces the environmental impact of the textile and fashion industry.
When disposed of in landfills, this technical yarn gets in contact with microorganisms that can only be found in the anaerobic environment, responsible for breaking down the fabric into biomass (that is organic matter) and biogas, and accelerating the biodegradation process.
That is, AMNI recycled nylon can exclusively biodegrade under landfill conditions, where there is no oxygen and where we can find this particular bacteria. Therefore, it will not deteriorate or smell during standard usage.
After said biodegradation process, the remains can become new environmental resources or they can also be used for producing combined heat and power (that is cogenerating electricity).
As a consequence, this whole process enhances landfill productivity waste and helps preserve and protect remaining green areas.
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What are AMNI Soul Eco’s main benefits?
Aside from being sustainable, AMNI Soul Eco fabric is also very comfortable, breathable and it feels like a soft touch on the skin. It is a high-quality fabric with moisture absorption properties that can be recycled once its lifecycle is over.
This light textile can be easily dyed and washed, as well as quickly dried. Clothes made with Amni Soul Eco don’t suffer any changes during their usage and they last as long as the ones made with conventional polyamides.
How is AMNI Soul Eco used?
AMNI Soul Eco yarn can be used for all fashion industry purposes. For example, thanks to its breathability and softness, it is particularly suitable for lingerie, hosiery and underwear.
It also works great for jeanswear, sportswear and beachwear because it is comfortable and it can dry fast. AMNI Soul Eco is a major breakthrough for the textile and fashion industry, but it is also a big step forward for future generations and the care of our only planet.
Another application for this textile are accessories, including hats, caps, bags, backpacks and similar sports accessories.
Which brands are using AMNI Soul Eco?
AMNI Soul Eco is an innovative fabric, and although its discovery and production is quite recent, we can already find brands from all around the world that are implementing it in their collections.
As we said earlier, one of AMNI’s main applications is beachwear and swimwear. For example, Frankies Bikinis from Los Angeles has launched a sustainable collection with this fabric. As well as AURAI Swimwear, founded by italo-brazilian designer Natalia Bertolo, Brazilian label Baianá Eco and Mallorca-based brand Nakawe.
To learn more about eco-friendly fashion and discover similar materials, visit our sustainability section.