A garment made of yarn obtained from recycled materials and designed with end-of-life recyclability in mind, without compromising style and technical performance has been introduced by RadiciGroup and DKB. This ski suit produced with a fabric made of Renycle, a RadiciGroup yarn obtained from mechanically recycled polyamide, which affords notable savings in energy and water consumption, as well as lower CO2 emissions.
Additionally, the suit’s padding and numerous accessories, such as zippers, buttons and thread, are also made of polyamide. This achievement was made possible by the teamwork of RadiciGroup, Gandino/Italy, and the company specializing in technical sportswear DKB Sport, Rovetta/Italy, on the research and development of chemically compatible materials that can be used in special applications requiring high technical performance.
The result is an almost mono-material garment that significantly facilitates end-of-life recycling. It can be more easily converted into polymers for use in the manufacture of ski boot components and bindings, in addition to applications in the automotive and furnishing industries, or in any other sector requiring the characteristics of high-performance polyamides.
The fabric made of Renycle makes the new ski suit lighter and less bulky, compared to the conventional kind of suit. Moreover, the suit provides impact and wear resistance superior to that of equivalent garments available today on the market.
The ski suit by RadiciGroup is thus an all-round application of eco-design and circular economy principles to fashion and garment making. RadiciGroup Ski Club athletes and coaches will be the first to wear this ski uniform during the winter season 2021/22, thereby becoming the ambassadors of the sustainability initiative.