Italian yarn maker Radici Group has developed what it claims is a 100% recyclable nylon gilet that, at end-of-use, can easily be recycled into a secondary raw plastic material to be used for technical and industrial applications.

The gilet is made with Raditek Fine yarn, a high tenacity polyamide yarn specially engineered for high technology applications, such as sails and parachutes. The yarn endows the fabric with high tear and abrasion resistance, while keeping it lightweight and resistant to UV radiation, says the firm.

It also features Radilon staple fibre fibreball filling, a polyamide zipper and nylon cords with a minimal percentage of elastomer so as not to jeopardise recyclability.

"The Radici Group gilet is an actual example of the circular economy in action – an approach much talked about, but which few enterprises are capable of implementing in house," says the firm. "Radici Group's unique vertically integrated production makes the group the only one in Europe capable of controlling its entire production process, from the production of polymer chemicals to fibres and engineering plastics, down to end-of-life recycling."

The gilet, which was made in collaboration with the companies in the Radici Group's 100% European production chain, is to be worn by all Radici Group Ski Club athletes and coaches.