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Burberry unveils new collection made from recycled waste.

Burberry’s new capsule collection is made using Econyl – a sustainable nylon yarn made from recycled materials. © Burberry.

“This collection is just one of the ways Burberry is actively disrupting and improving every stage of how we create our products because we know our industry can play a key role in building a more sustainable future through science and innovation.”

UK luxury fashion brand Burberry has launched a new collection of clothes made using Econyl yarn – a nylon yarn which is made from materials derived from recycled waste and supplied by Italian synthetic fibre producer Aquafil.

The yarn is specifically made from regenerated fishing nets, fabric scraps and industrial plastic.

The capsule collection is part of Burberry’s (@Burberry) plans to promote sustainable fashion and includes a reinvention of Burberry’s lightweight classic car coat. According to Burberry, it is just one example of the 50 disruptions the company is making throughout its supply chain.

Pam Batty, VP Corporate Responsibility at Burberry, said of the launch: “Exploring and using innovative materials that foster circularity is central to creating a more sustainable fashion industry. We are proud to use the Econyl yarn in this collection because it shows how we can actively tackle a problem like plastic waste and create beautiful, luxury products at the same time.

“This collection is just one of the ways Burberry is actively disrupting and improving every stage of how we create our products because we know our industry can play a key role in building a more sustainable future through science and innovation.”

Giulio Bonazzi, CEO at Aquafil (@AquafilSpa), said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Burberry for this capsule collection. We believe innovative fibres like Econyl regenerated nylon are the future and are proud to support brands who use our yarns, transforming waste into incredible designs and raising the profile and possibilities of a more circular fashion system.”

According to Burberry, its heritage is anchored in material innovation. It invented the gabardine – a tough, tightly woven fabric used to make suits, overcoats, trousers, uniforms, windbreakers and other garments. Burberry has also worked with US material technology specialist 37.5 to use volcanic sand, waste coconut shell and the thermoregulation technology for quilted jackets.

Burberry has also introduced Refibra, a new yarn produced by upcycling cotton leftovers from the Burberry Mill in Yorkshire, to make its dust bags for all jewellery, shows and leather goods.

Last year, the fashion brand received criticism from environmental groups after media reports surfaced that Burberry destroyed more than £28 million of its fashion and cosmetic products to guard against counterfeiting.

However, after coming under fire from green groups, Burberry announced that it would stop the practice of destroying its products to protect itself against counterfeiting.


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