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Recycled Nylon: Unravelling Its Sustainability and Environmental Impact

Recycled Nylon: Unravelling Its Sustainability and Environmental Impact

At Neem, we're constantly on a journey to embrace materials and practices that resonate with our unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility. A material that has captivated our attention is Recycled Nylon. Derived from post-consumer or post-industrial waste, recycled nylon is a sustainable and versatile material known for its reduced environmental footprint, durability, and potential for a circular economy. 


Recyled nylon fabric

Recycled Italian Navy Como Print Comfort Shirt

The Origins of Recycled Nylon

Nylon, a synthetic polymer known for its versatility and durability, has a rich history dating back to the 1930s. It was first developed by a team of researchers at DuPont, led by Wallace Carothers, who were exploring synthetic fibres. In 1935, they successfully created the first nylon, which was initially used to make toothbrush bristles and women's stockings. During World War II, nylon played a crucial role in the production of parachutes, ropes, and other military equipment, further establishing its importance. Over the decades, nylon has evolved and found applications in various industries, including fashion, automotive, and engineering. Despite its practicality, nylon production has raised environmental concerns due to its significant carbon footprint, high energy, water usage, and non-biodegradable nature. In response, recycled nylon has emerged as a more sustainable alternative, addressing the ecological challenges posed by virgin nylon production.


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Comfort Shirt White Cut Away

Production of Recycled Nylon

Producing recycled nylon utilities an eco-conscious and sustainable approach.The process starts with the gathering of discarded nylon materials, encompassing old fishing nets, fabric remnants, and industrial waste. This becomes especially pertinent in the context of the staggering annual production of over 430 million tons of plastic on a global scale, with a significant two-thirds of this volume being composed of short-lived products that rapidly become waste. Experts highlight the alarming presence of highly hazardous marine plastic within abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear, which poses a severe threat to roughly 66% of marine species. Subsequently, these collected materials undergo a meticulous cleaning and sorting process, ridding them of impurities and contaminants. Once purified, the nylon is melted and extruded into new fibres, which can be used to create various products, including clothing, carpets, and industrial materials. Recycling nylon not only reduces the demand for virgin nylon, but it also minimises the environmental impact therefore decreasing the need for raw materials and energy-intensive production processes. The end result is an essential step in the journey towards a more eco-friendly and circular economy.

Nylon fabric


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Is Recycled Nylon Stretchy? 

Contrary to beliefs, Recycled Nylon is stretchy. This is due to its inherent molecular structure. It is a synthetic polymer made up of long chains of repeating units that are flexible and capable of sliding past one another. This characteristic allows nylon to stretch when subjected to tension and then return to its original shape when the tension is released. 


Is nylon stretchy


Recycled Multi Print Party Comfort Shirt

Where it’s all put into practise

At Neem, our recycled nylon shirts are meticulously crafted in collaboration with two esteemed factories in northern Italy–Eurojersey and Canclini. These distinguished establishments are renowned for their commitment to sustainability, implementing cutting-edge processes that significantly reduce water, energy, and chemical usage. We take immense pride in our commitment to sustainability. We proudly carry this principle in the humble comfort shirt. A daily essential made from an impressive 70% Recycled Nylon. This remarkable material is proudly certified by the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) and epitomises the core of our eco-conscious philosophy. Through the GRS certification, we guarantee that the discarded nylon material is meticulously repurposed into high-quality recycled nylon, thereby significantly reducing both CO2 emissions and water consumption when contrasted with the production of virgin nylon.
Recycled nylon fabric

Recycled Italian Sky Twill Print Comfort Shirt

The beauty of recycled nylon lies not only in its ecological benefits but also in its undeniable fashion appeal. To love what you wear is to also love where it comes from. At Neem, sustainable fashion meets casual comfort and superb style, as our products not only uphold the highest environmental standards but also provide you with premium quality and comfort. Our dedication to incorporating Recycled Nylon in our shirts is not just a choice; it's a commitment to making a difference in the world, one garment at a time.
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