BASF material uses nylon 6 – Back Page – Brief Article
BASF Corp., Mount Olive, N.J., is touting the recyclability of a new nylon fiber known as Savant. “BASF’s Savant…provides an important step in cradle-to-cradle recycling for the carpet industry,” says architect and designer William McDonough, a building materials sustainability advocate.
Savant is a natural Bulked Continuous Filament (BCE) nylon product created by BASF to exceed the researched requirements of the design and specifying community, according to the company. A recent version of Savant introduces “a regular dye Savant fiber with 90 percent recycled content,” says Ian Wolstenholme, sales and marketing manager for BASF’s Carpet Products. “This new fiber contains certified 50 percent post-consumer and 40 percent post-industrial recycled content, and it meets the stringent requirements of BASF’s performance certifications programs.”
McDonough hopes the carpet can help keep the momentum going for carpet recycling. “Savant is made of nylon six, a polymer that is easily and continuously recyclable into fiber of equal or better value,” he remarks. “BASF has the infrastructure in place to close the loop for their nylon six, allowing it to flow as a true technical nutrient in a sustainable fiber system.”
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