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October 26, 2021

Nilit joins The Ocean Foundation’s Blue Resilience Initiative

Israel-based nylon 6.6 manufacturer Nilit has teamed up with The Ocean Foundation’s Blue Resilience Initiative to re-establish and safeguard essential ocean meadows and other coastal habitats.

By Beth Wright

The Ocean Foundation says its Blue Resilience Initiative is dedicated to restoring, conserving, and financing natural coastal infrastructure by equipping key stakeholders with the tools, technical expertise, and policy frameworks to achieve large-scale climate risk reduction.

The Ocean Foundation strives to build local capacity by connecting experts with local practitioners to provide guidance and support through instructional workshops and global educational outreach, it says on its website.

Nilit explains these marine grasslands are vital ecosystems for sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere to reduce global warming and ocean acidification. In addition, ocean grasslands sustain sea life, defend coastlines against erosion and storm surge, and support economies around the world, it adds.

“Nilit’s investment in The Ocean Foundation Blue Resilience Initiative naturally complements and augments our own internal actions to protect ocean ecosystems,” says Sagee Aran, head of global marketing. “Nilit and The Ocean Foundation can affect both sides of the ocean health equation and, together, make a more substantial impact on the well-being of our oceans and our planet.”

Reducing CO2 and protecting oceans are both important factors in Nilit’s multifaceted Total Product Sustainability programme. The company implemented clean energy technologies at its manufacturing plants around the world. At its main facility in Israel, it says COemissions were reduced by 40%.

Nilit has designed the largest portfolio of sustainable premium nylon products under its Sensil consumer brand including innovative products that specifically address reduced greenhouse gas emissions and ecosystem effects.

Its most recent new product introduction, Sensil BioCare, is made with a special additive that accelerates biodegradation to reduce textile microplastics buildup in marine environments during use and after. ASTM 6691 testing by an independent laboratory showed biodegradation of about 40% in 500 days. QR codes on Sensil BioCare hang tags educate consumers about apparel sustainability and The Ocean Foundation’s mission.

“Apparel sustainability requires new ideas and creative partnerships from fiber through to the consumer,” Aran adds. “With The Ocean Foundation investment, we have expanded our vision far beyond the traditional supply chain structure so that we can more rapidly and effectively bring about positive environmental impact, in line with our Sensil brand purpose. We are excited to join in The Ocean Foundation’s crucial work to protect the marine ecosystems that sustain life in the oceans and on land.”

Nilit recently outlined achievements to improve its environmental footprint as well as its plans to positively influence the textile and apparel industry to choose more sustainable products and use them in more responsible ways.

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