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Baby steps to a world with less trash

Our Journey with ECONYL® regenerated nylon

· Shally Sarawagi

I wanted to call this story 'Baby steps to a greener world'. But it would be a stretch. Our individual actions can feel so small and insignificant in the face of the gargantuan trash crisis and climate change panic facing us, and in reality they are, but that doesn't mean they are not absolutely necessary.

In 2019 Sarawagi collaborated with the company Aquafil, the producers of the yarn ECONYL® regenerated nylon, Designer Isobel Morris and Rug journalist Michael Christie on a project to create and promote the first ever hand knotted rug made from ECONYL® .

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You can read all about it here, here, here, here, and here, courtesy of The Ruggist.

Wait but whats ECONYL®?- Its Nylon regenerated from under ocean fishing nets, and post consumer waste.

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We debuted the rug at Domotex 2020 at Hanover, and the show was a roaring success for us.

As happy as we are, this collaboration has been a wake up call for us. Its made us look into and question our other businesses processes, and their impact on their environment. How green are we?

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And i want to ask you this, the reader, in your personal life and in the industry you work in, what do you do to minimise your carbon footprint?

Our efforts may seen insignificant, but we are many, we are billions. Collectively, our efforts are very, very significant.

Photo Courtesy - Aquafil, Michael Christie, Prabal Ratna Tuladhar.