Polyamide, or Nylon, is a durable fabric that stretches well. It is often used in technical products such as swimwear or activewear. The production of polyamide is similar to that of polyester, with similar environmental consequences. Like polyester, polyamide is made from a non-renewable resource (oil) in an energy-intensive process. It sheds microplastic fibers that end up in our waterways and oceans every time it is washed, and because it is not biodegradable, it will end up sitting in a landfill at the end of its product life cycle.
Recycled polyamide is usually made from pre-consumer fabric waste, though it may also come from post-consumer materials like industrial fishing nets. We use recycled polyamide instead of virgin polyamide throughout our collections whenever possible.