Last April, at Performance Days in Munich, Tuscan woolmill Pontetorto presented a new collection of activewear and fashion fabrics entirely made with Fulgar’s Q-Cycle yarn, obtained from end-of-life tyres.
Q-Cycle yarn is produced by a pyrolysis process as part of BASF’s ChemCycling recycling system, in combination with Fulgar’s spinning technology. The process is said to be self-sufficient since the waste portion which cannot be transformed into raw material is pyrolysed into gas and used to generate the energy required for the process. The recycled content is allocated to the final product by using a third-party controlled mass balance approach.
Q-Cycle is said to retain all of the functional and aesthetic benefits of virgin polyamide including lightness, strength and resistance to produce high quality and eco-sustainable fabrics.
Tyres are considered to be among the most difficult items to dispose of and also highly polluting globally. Every year in Europe, 1.37 million tons of tyres – 40% of total production – are mostly incinerated, with high CO2 emissions.