Prada’s Iconic Nylon Bags Are Getting a Sustainable Makeover

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Prada’s signature Nylon bag is going green. Today, the luxury brand announced its newest push towards sustainability called Re-Nylon, a new collection of the house’s nylon bag made entirely of recycled material.

The Re-Nylon collection will feature six classic bags—including the belt bag, shoulder bag, and two backpacks—created with recycled nylon made from plastics found in the ocean, fishing nets, and textile fiber waste into Econyl, with help from Aquafil. For years, Aquafil has developed the Econyl yarn by recovering ocean plastics and scraps and turning it into quality nylon yarn and several other brands have used Aquafil’s product, including Stella McCartney and Gucci. Prada joins the ranks, pledging to forgo the use of nylon completely and use only recycled nylon by 2021.

“This project highlights our continued efforts towards promoting a responsible business,” Lorenzo Bertelli, head of marketing and communication at Prada Group, said in a statement. “This collection will allow us to make our contribution and create products without using new resources.”

In addition to using recycled nylon, Prada will also donate a portion of proceeds from the Re-Nylon capsule collection to projects centered on environmental sustainability. Prada will also partner with UNESCO to launch educational activities that provide students with environment-focused lesson plans to educate our future leaders.

Earlier this year, Prada vowed to stop using fur, starting with its spring/summer 2020 collection. “Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design while meeting the demand for ethical products,” Miuccia Prada said at the time.

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