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SEOUL – Hyosung says that brand interest in its GRS-certified recycled nylon yarns made from pre-consumer waste is growing as it also continues to explore new ways to use post-consumer waste to make its yarns.

Brands such as Fat Face and Osprey are now using Hyosung recycled nylon in their swimwear and back packs and the Korean fibre supplier has also set up an arrangement with Lenzing to capitalise on comfort and athleisure clothing that’s boomed since the start of the pandemic with people working from home.

“Regarding recycled nylon made with post-consumer waste, the industry is asking for a story similar to that of polyester, where the re-use of (post-consumer) PET bottles demonstrates a clear benefit,” says Mike Simko, global marketing director for textiles at the south Korean fibre giant.

But, as Simko alludes to, there are still some tough technical challenges to overcome before it can provide recycled yarns made from this type of waste.

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