Two of cycling’s big apparel brands are transitioning to sustainable fabrics for 2019

Giro and Pearl Izumi are utilising fabric recycled from previously-discarded nylon for their newest clothing lines.

Econyl is a nylon yarn made of recaptured fish nets, carpet, and garment scraps, and was launched in 2013 by Italian based fiber manufacturer Aquafil and according to the company, it is infinitely recyclable without a loss in quality.

Giro will be launching its Renew series next year, a line of items made with at least 50 per cent recycled material, also including Econyl.

Next year, every new bib and short style and 77 per cent of all new items will be a part of that line.

Pearl Izumi’s 2019 clothing collection features Econyl’s yarn, as well as that of South-Korean nylon-recycler Hyosang.

The full line includes 65 new, sustainable materials, featuring a variety of recycled weaves in polyester, elastane and merino wool, each customised for a particular piece of a particular garment.

For 2020, Pearl has pledged that 30 per cent of its apparel line will be made from recyclable, renewable, or organic materials, and by 2022 that figure will hit 90 per cent.

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