Thus for example, the red carpet that OBJECT CARPET made for the award ceremony consists of 100% Aquafil Econyl® yarn – which is in turn made exclusively from regenerated materials. Aquafil (which was awarded the 2014 German Sustainability Prize in the resource use category) uses 100% recycled polyamide for its yarn, and this in turn greatly reduces the yarn’s environmental impact. For this yarn, the company recycles (among other elements) used fishing nets, which would otherwise end up in landfill or would pollute the ocean. It is estimated that fishing nets floating abandoned in the world’s oceans account for 10% (640,000 tons) of total ocean waste (source: UNEP). What’s more, the Econyl® production process uses 15% less water than it takes to make conventional yarn, and reduces carbon emissions by 85%. The company also collects, sorts and returns to the goods cycle 100% of all raw-materials residues generated by the manufacturing process.
And that’s not all. The carpet that was used at the awards event (Nyltecc 700) is exceptionally comfortable to walk on – a major achievement, what with the extremely hard floors at the awards ceremony venue. Thus OBJECT CARPET and Aquafil together have made a valuable contribution to keeping Germany’s greenest gala event green – and bring us a step closer to a world that’s fit for the future.