The Japanese trading company Itochu and the Italian chemicals firm Aquafil have entered a partnership to promote the sale of the latter’s Econyl fiber and to expand the circular nylon production. In 2011, Aquafil created the Econyl Regeneration System, which turns recovered nylon waste such as fishing nets, carpets and post-industrial waste back to caprolactam (CPL), a crude raw material. Through its proprietary recycling technology, Aquafil claims to eliminate impurities completely and produce regenerated nylon having the same features as virgin quality materials. Econyl is made completely from waste, which enables an up to 90 percent reduction in CO² emissions as compared to conventional nylon made from petroleum. Focusing on the fashion and carpeting industries, Econyl has been adopted by more than 2,000 brands around the world. Itochu is the world’s largest distributor, in terms of quantity, of CPL and nylon chips, the raw materials for nylon. It plans to leverage on its network to expand sales of Econyl as well as collaborate in the recovery of waste to provide a stable supply of raw materials to Aquafil. According to Nikkei Asia, Itochu is targeting sales of around 2 billion yen (€15.7m-$19.1m) for Econyl in the first year.