• 12 companies, including H&M, Carvico, Vaude, and Balsan are participating in Project Effective, a multi-company collaboration to produce more sustainable fibres for commercial use by using renewable feedstocks and bio-based technologies.
  • One of its ey objectives is to develop a more sustainable nylon, made from bio-based technologies like caprolactam produced using renewable feedstocks. The nylon will be validated by brands to make apparel and carpet textiles.
  • The initiative is funded in part through a grant from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public/private partnership between the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme and the Bio-based Industries Consortium.
12 companies are coming together for Project Effective to re-shape the textile supply chain

12 companies are coming together for Project Effective to re-shape the textile supply chain

A group of fashion and textile companies, including H&M and Vaude, are collaborating on a project to produce more sustainable fibres for commercial use by using renewable feedstocks and bio-based technologies.

The 12 organisations from eight countries are coming together for Project Effective in an effort to re-shape the textile supply chain. One of the key objectives of the initiative is to develop a more sustainable nylon using renewable feedstock and bio-based technologies, which will be validated by brands to make apparel and carpet textiles.

"More renewables in product value chains means more impact," Christophe Schilling, CEO of Genomatica, one of the collaborators says. "More and more manufacturers and brands get it; more and more are taking action. We look forward to rapidly expanding the circle of action."

Project Effective's stakeholders span eight countries and are leaders in renewable feedstocks, conversion technologies, makers of intermediate and finished products, major consumer brands and recycling technologies. Participants include bioengineering firm Genomatica, Italian knit brand Carvico, French textile manufacturer Balsan, and stakeholder engagement platform Circular Change.

The initiative is funded, in part, through a grant from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public/private partnership between the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Aquafil and Genomatica's agreement announced in early 2018 is expected to pave the way towards the industrial production of bio-based nylon.

"This consortium is an important step towards a more circular economy," says Giulio Bonazzi, chairman and CEO of Aquafil. "Together we will drive new waves of healthy industrialisation, economic growth, and greater sustainability – better than we can individually."