Migdal Haemek - Nilit has launched Sensil BioCare, a sustainable premium nylon fibre designed to break down in land fill and marine environments significantly more rapidly than conventional nylon.
The new fibre is the latest addition to the broad Sensil portfolio of responsibly manufactured, environmentally considerate premium nylon products which the company says benefit the entire textile supply chain.
Sensil BioCare has undergone a series of independent tests in both landfill soil and seawater simulations to understand the potential impact on both ecosystems. According to Nilit, the new fibre showed "remarkable disintegration in both simulated environments during the test periods in comparison to nylon fibre that does not include the special technology".
Specifically, initial testing according to ASTM D6691 Standard Test Method For Determining Aerobic Biodegradation Of Plastic Materials In The Marine Environment and ASTM D5511 Standard Test Method For Determining Anaerobic Biodegradation Of Plastic Materials Under High-Solids Anaerobic-Digestion Conditions indicates that Sensil BioCare yarns will break down more rapidly than conventional nylon. These promising findings point to reduced waste accumulation in both oceans and landfills.
Nilit notes that the technology used in Sensil BioCare will not wear or wash out nor will it interfere with other performance additives, finishes, or dyes. Resultant fabrics are described as long-lasting while also being very soft and aesthetically rich.