The new eco-sustainable Q-Cycle® yarn is the result of the interaction between BASF’s ChemCycling™ project and Fulgar’s textile skills and experience.
Q-CYCLE® by Fulgar A new way of making yarns
The new eco-sustainable Q-Cycle® yarn is the result of the interaction between BASF’s ChemCycling™ project and Fulgar’s textile skills and experience. ChemCycling™ makes it possible to replace fossil raw materials with a secondary raw material obtained by chemically recycling tires at the end of their lifecycle.
By using a third-party audited mass balance approach, the share of this recycled material is allocated to the final product which has the same properties as a product made from fossil feedstock.
The result is Q-CYCLE®, an innovative polyamide 6.6 100% of the raw material needed for its production has been replaced by pyrolysis oil from end-of-life tires and attributed to it in a mass balance approach. The polyamide 6.6 offers the same functional and aesthetic benefits of lightness, strength and resistance but in a more sustainable form. It can be used to produce high quality fabrics and is the ideal solution for all textile applications – it can be processed with ease like a normal polyamide, so it combines with all fibres.
THE FUTURE OF NYLON 6.6
The new Q-CYCLE® yarn is the result of the interaction between BASF’s ChemCycling™project and Fulgar’s textile skills and experience. ChemCycling™, based on pyrolysis technology, makes it possible to turn post-consumer plastic waste as well as end-of-life tires into pyrolysis oil that serves as raw material for new products,displaying the same properties as the virgin project without using non-renewable sources like fossil oil.
This unique process is carried out and assessed on the basis of a Mass Balance approach.
The pyrolysis technology can be applied to all plastic waste that cannot be mechanically recycled, like tires at end of life. Fulgar has decided to use this new material, as it is widely present and is usually incinerated, resulting in significant CO2 emissions.
WHAT IS THE MASS BALANCE?
Mass balance is an accounting system used to manage a certain quantity of recycled content in a final product like plastic packaging when both recycled raw material and virgin material are used together in the process. Since the different particles cannot be traced or separated out, a system of counting and managing “credits” is used. The recycled content is then attributed to specific products. Mass balance ensures that the recycled material content at process input is correctly balanced with the recycled content of the products to be sold and is certified and audited by third parties.
- Life Cycle Assessment - LCA method.
- Compliant with OEKO-TEX® STD 100 CLASS I appendix 6 standards.
- ISCC PLUS certification - International Sustainability & Carbon Certification, click here for more information
A yarn that can be used for all textile applications and is perfectly workable like a normal polyamide, which can be combined with all fibers.
Q-CYCLE® by Fulgar has excellent moisture management performance, this feature allows you to keep the skin cool and dry UNI EN ISO 62.
Fabrics and clothing made of Q-CYCLE® by Fulgar have the same levels of solidity as those made with virgin polyamide while maintaining the same dyeing and production processes.