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Innovative Q-Cycle by Fulgar at Milano Unica

Yarns derived from end-of-life tyres feature in the cutting-edge fashion collections by Pontetorto and Luxury Jersey.

13th July 2022

Knitting Industry
 |  Milan

Knitted Outerwear, Sports/​Activewear

Fabric collections from two of Italy’s most respected companies, both made using high-tech yarns derived from end-of-life tyres, will be presented at the upcoming Milano Unica trade show.

Pontetorto, a Tuscan textile group known for its sport and fashion garments, and Luxury Jersey, a Lombardy-based manufacturer that specialises in fabrics knitted from high-quality fibres, once again confirm their choice of Fulgar’s green portfolio and embrace the Q-CYCLE project by Fulgar, promoting the circular economy in the textile industry. 

The revolutionary yarn is the result of pyrolysis, an innovative chemical recycling technology – part of the BASF ChemCycling process and Fulgar yarn-making technology – that makes it possible to recover a precious eco-sustainable fibre from end-of-life tyres, one of the most polluting materials and one of the most difficult to dispose of on a global level. In Europe alone, 1.37 million tonnes of tyres (40% of the total produced) are incinerated every year, producing high levels of CO2 emissions.

In the words of Alan Garosi, Fulgar’s head of marketing: “Our green programme is in constant development, always targeting the latest frontier of sustainability. Q-CYCLE, the result of a collaboration with BASF, enables us to construct values for our brand and partners, embodying the excellence of Made in Italy products.”

Alan Garosi, Fulgar’s head of marketing. © Fulgar

“This innovation has huge potential, and in a not-too-distant future it could also enable us to recycle pre- and post-production waste from the textile industry, making the production process entirely circular within the same supply chain. We’re pleased that our commitment has been acknowledged by such high-quality partners as Pontetorto and Luxury Jersey. Like us, they have chosen to promote quality and a culture of sustainability in the textile industry,” continued Garosi.

Q-CYCLE is an innovative polyamide with all the functional and aesthetic benefits of a virgin polyamide – lightness, cling and resistance – with a green plus. An ideal yarn for producing high-quality, eco-sustainable fabrics that are a perfect solution for the worlds of luxury sport and fashion.

“For us, the transition towards a sustainable fabric supply chain is a primary objective,” says Marco Toccafondi, head of the Pontetorto sport line. “It’s a concrete commitment that brings us closer to supply chain companies like Fulgar that are orientated towards innovation and constant research. The Q-Cycle project immediately appealed to us because of its extraordinary ability to use sophisticated technology to transform objects like tyres that have a devastating effect on the environment into a high-quality virgin product that enables us to make fabrics dedicated to the world of luxury activewear.”

Federico Boselli, founder and general manager of Luxury Jersey, comments: ”Our collaboration with Fulgar is renewed every season and widens to include new opportunities that enable us to create collections of high-quality fabrics that are genuinely sustainable. The commitment we have taken on is to make fabrics that respond to the requirements of eco-designers and will appeal to clients who are generating an increasing demand for garments that combine high performance, fashion and low environmental impact.”

Milano Unica 35th edition

Rho Fieramilano, Milan, Italy

12-14 July 2022

Milano Unica

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