Rhodia, a Solvay Group company, has recently launched the world's first biodegradable polyamide yarn Amni Soul Eco during the 2015 edition of ITMA.

The fiber was developed over five years of research. It is a polyamide 6.6 textile yarn whose formula has been enhanced to allow garments made with this technology to quickly decompose after being properly disposed in landfills.

Unlike other fibers which take decades to decompose, it only takes about three years for Amni Soul Eco to be eliminated.

Amni Soul Eco offers the many benefits of Rhodia's polyamide for consumers, such as its soft touch, extreme comfort, breathability, moisture management, easy-care, easy washing, and it is easily dyed in different colors so that the industry can produce any kind of garment for all segments.

The product is internationally Oeko-Tex certified (standard 100, class 1) and has been recognized with two awards: the Kurt Pulitzer Prize, awarded by ABIQUIM (an association of chemical industries); and by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).

Rhodia has already been recognized as a pioneer for the introduction of the Far Infrared technology with the Emana fiber and once again is pioneer in biodegradable technology. “Amni Soul Eco reinforces our commitment to sustainability,” commented Renato Boaventura, CEO, Solvay Group's Fibras Global Business Unit. “We’re very excited with this worldwide launch. Besides being a recyclable fiber, it’s biodegradable, making it a sustainable solution for waste disposal and perfect for the environment. We believe that Amni Soul Eco® is a breakthrough, helping to make a better world for future generations.”