Levi’s is Making Jeans From Discarded Fishing Nets, Used Carpets

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Levi’s and Aquafil, an Italian company that recycles waste materials into good-as-virgin nylon fiber, are making beautiful jeans together. First up: A version of Levi’s 522 men’s tapered pant composed of Econyl, a regenerated yarn derived from recovered fishing nets and used carpeting. The collaboration happily dovetails with Levi’s longstanding interest in promoting a “circular economy,” a tack that grows ever more vital on our resource-strapped planet. “We envision a world where everyday items don’t have to come at the expense of the environment,” Giulio Bonazzi, chairman and CEO of Aquafil, said in a statement. “This new partnership is further proof that sustainable materials can be used to reinvigorate products that have been traditionally made. Levi’s is redefining the denim industry.”

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