The feedstock challenges of BASF’s Loopamid technology – Innovation in textiles

BASF wants your nylon fabric waste.

Speaking at the recent Performance Days Munich exhibition, Frank Reil, the company’s head of marketing, new business and sustainability for polyamides, outlined the work behind the development of its loopamid  polyamide 6 (PA6 – commonly known as nylon 6), which is regenerated from 100% textile waste.

In January, Zara launched a jacket with all of its components – including fabrics, buttons, filling, hook and loop and zipper – made 100% from the new polymer.

At present, however, the feedstock for loopamid is mill waste.


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