In today’s world, sustainability and environmental consciousness are becoming increasingly important.
Our appetite to create and buy new products is infinite but the planet’s resources aren’t. As our customers look for ways to reduce carbon footprint and make more environmentally-friendly choices, we have found a way to do both.
Kingsmead is delighted to introduce Thinking Beyond, an eco-friendly carpet range made from Econyl® recycled nylon fibres. Combining both style and sustainability, it’s the perfect flooring choice for your home and the planet.
What Are Econyl® Carpet Fibres?
Econyl® carpet is a type of carpet that is made from recycled nylon fibres, specifically using a process that involves regenerating nylon waste into new carpet material. The nylon yarn used in Econyl® carpet is manufactured by Aquafil, a global leader in the synthetic fibres industry who strive for quality, innovation and sustainability. Aquafil collects various discarded materials such as fishing nets, industrial waste, and even old carpets. Instead of clogging up landfills or polluting the ocean, this nylon waste is collected, processed, and transformed into new nylon fibres through a process called depolymerisation.
How is Econyl® Recycled Nylon Made into Carpet?
To create our Thinking Beyond range, which can elevate aesthetics in any home, Econyl® recycled nylon goes through a 4-step process before its transformation into carpet.
Rescue Regenerate Remake
Step One: Rescue
The Econyl® Regeneration System begins with Aquafil rescuing waste from various sources such as fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring, and industrial plastic from around the globe. This waste is meticulously sorted and thoroughly cleaned to recover as much nylon as possible and remove impurities, ensuring a sustainable and efficient recycling process.
Step Two: Regenerate
The Econyl® Regeneration System uses a revolutionary process to regenerate and purify nylon waste back to its original purity. This means that Econyl® regenerated nylon is indistinguishable from fossil-based nylon, making it a truly sustainable alternative.
Step Three: Remake
Next, the purified nylon material is polymerized, which involves creating new nylon fibres through a chemical process that bonds the material together. These nylon fibres are then processed into yarns, which are used by the fashion and interior industry.
Step Four: Reimagine
Carpet producers use Econyl® regenerated nylon to create brand new products. The yarns are tufted into a carpet backing, and the carpet is finished with a variety of styles and designs to suit different aesthetics.
The ultimate goal of the Econyl® Regeneration System is to create a circular loop where products containing Econyl® can be returned to step one of the process once they are no longer useful to customers. This ensures a continuous cycle of regeneration and sustainability.
How is Econyl® Carpet Eco-Friendly?
When you choose to buy from our Thinking Beyond range of Econyl® carpet to transform your home, you’re helping the environment in many different ways.
New nylon production, which is a petroleum-based material, requires significant resources to produce. By utilising recycled nylon waste, Econyl® carpet fibres reduce the need for virgin nylon production and reduces the overall environmental impact associated with nylon production. For every 10,000 tons of Econyl® raw material, we save 70,000 barrels of crude oil and avoid 65,100 tonnes of CO2 eq. emissions.
Econyl® carpet helps to divert nylon waste from landfills and oceans. Discarded fishing nets, industrial waste, and old carpets are significant contributors to marine pollution and landfill waste. By repurposing these materials into new carpet, we reduce waste and prevent pollution, ensuring a continuous cycle of regeneration and sustainability.
Features & Benefits of Econyl® Carpet
In addition to being environmentally-friendly, our Thinking Beyond range uses carpet fibres that are made from Econyl® nylon, offering several features that make it a viable flooring option for our customers.
The carpets in our Thinking Beyond range have a velvet-like finish, creating a luxurious and elegant appearance that radiates high-end sophistication. Combining comfort and style, the velvet finish makes our Thinking Beyond range an ideal choice for living rooms and bedrooms.
Explore Kingsmead’s Econyl® Carpet Range
When you choose a carpet from our Thinking Beyond range, you’re making a conscious decision to minimise the impact on our planet. Better still, you’re selecting a long-lasting flooring option that opens up a wide range of aesthetic possibilities. Our brand new range consists of 15 versatile products, with rich colour options, patterns and texture, all with a lavish velvet finish. Achieve comfort, style and sustainability and upscale your home.
Whether you’re transforming your living room, dining room, bedroom or hallway, an Econyl® carpet is a great choice, in more ways than one.
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