Bionic yarns are created from up-cycled plastic

Bionic yarns are created from up-cycled plastic

Yarn maker Bionic, whose products are created from up-cycled plastic found in coastal communities and marine environments, has been awarded a bronze Cradle to Cradle certification for its HLX and DPX sustainable yarn structures.

The yarns are the first containing recycled plastic to be certified by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. 

The HLX yarns feature a core made from recovered plastic and an outer helix of natural or synthetic fibres, while the DPX yarns are a blend of recovered plastic with synthetic or natural fibres to give a soft and refined texture.

Tim Coombs, co-founder of Bionic, said of the certification: "We pride ourselves on the environmental impact and accomplishments Bionic has achieved over the years. However, when William McDonough [Cradle to Cradle founder] challenged us to push our vision to the limit, we knew it was time to take it to the next level."

The certification process involves an onsite evaluation of factory social and environmental compliance standards, use of renewable energy in manufacturing processes, material health, material reutilisation and water stewardship.

The Cradle to Cradle certification is an initiative of Fashion Positive, which has in turn been created by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute to serve as a catalyst for designers, brands and manufacturers to improve textile and apparel products. It is headquartered in San Francisco, California with satellite offices in Amsterdam and Venlo, the Netherlands.