Fibre maker Kuraray has started recycling textile products, in a move that boosts its green credentials after the Tokyo-based firm helped eliminate greenhouse gases from Nike Air trainers last year.

According to Japanese business news daily Nikkei, the recycling programme will focus on textiles made using Kuraray fibres, including products with buttons and fasteners.

It follows the company's release last month of a material called Eval and an environmental tie-up last year with Nike which eliminated greenhouse gases from Nike Air cushioning technology.

The process allowed Nike to switch from SF6 and PFC greenhouse gases to more environment-friendly nitrogen in its Nike Air cushioning.

"We in the Kuraray Group are committed to opening new fields of business using pioneering technology and contributing to an improved natural environment and quality of life," Kuraray said at the time.

Local reports suggest that Kuraray subsidiary, Kuraray Trading Co, will manage the recycling business, which will aim to recover around 1,500 tonnes of textiles in the first three years.