Fulgar, an Italian manufacturer of high-quality nylon 6.6 fibers mostly used in underwear, sportswear and activewear, has a clear aim in mind. The company has been developing new eco-friendly fibers since 2009 and now wants to accelerate in this direction with some newly launched initiatives and others to be disclosed soon.
The specialized nylon manufacturer based in Castel Goffredo, in the Italian district for women’s hosiery, has started a collaboration with Italian designer Tiziano Guardini, winner of the first edition of the Green Carpet Award contest of 2017.
The selection includes pique polos that don’t use synthetic stretch fibers, but are only made with Fulgar’s bio-based Evo eco-friendly polymer characterized by intrinsic mechanical stretch properties, sustainable bathing suits and beach robes alongside sneakers that biodegrade entirely in 320 days.
The designer has also created a selection of limited edition athleisure pieces made with Fulgar’s Evo yarns together with Cifra, a high-performance sports apparel specialized manufacturer, using a special seamless WKS circular knitwear technique.
“Over the last ten years we follow a vast and structured green program as we reduced the use of raw materials and waste production. We also drastically cut energy and water in our industrial process. We have started producing eco-friendly, recycled and recyclable and–in the future–will offer trackability service,” said Alan Garosi, marketing manager, Fulgar. “We are very happy that Tiziano Guardini has chosen us as partner for his collection. The aim of the collaboration is to help sustainable fashion become daily culture and create a value chain of manufacturers focused on eco-friendly fabrics and materials.”
Fulgar is offering three eco-friendly fibers, though it is now studying some new bio-based ones to be launched during the second half of 2019.
It produces Evo obtained from castor oil, a bio-based polymer from a spontaneous plant not destined to the food chain. This yarn is lightweight, naturally stretchable, highly breathable and has anti-bacterial properties. Q-Nova is obtained from regenerated raw materials through a mechanical process that uses no chemical substances. It is very lightweight, has high moisture management properties and guarantees very brilliant hues.
Amni-Soul Eco is a bettered formula of 6.6 polyamide by Rhodia Solvay group. Garments made with this yarn can rapidly decompose themselves once thrown in a landfill.
The company has also developed a new traceability system–Id, whose name stays for Identity. Thanks to a special ingredient added to the fiber’s polymeric matrix the authenticity of origin of the yarn can always be verified. In this first phase product authenticity will be only verifiable by third entities such as consumers’ associations or ministerial entities. A more advanced version is now in a phase of study and will permit a wider number of users to scan and identify product authenticity. This second option will be a available in a few years.
Fulgar was born in 1970. Since 2009 it also distributes Lycra exclusively for Europe and Turkey and since 2012 it is also exclusive producer and distributor of the Emana fiber for Rhodia Solvay Group.
The company also owns Fulgar Lanka PVT, a productive plant based in Sri Lanka through which it serves the Chinese and Asian markets, and of Fulgar East Doo, a hub based in Serbia supporting Eastern European manufacturers.
Fulgar Italia produces 26 million kilos of nylon 6.6 yarn every year and about 15,000 different variants of products. Out of its total production 1.6 million kilos are eco-friendly yarns. It aims to increase this green quota and reach about two million kilos by 2026-27.
In 2018 Fulgar Italia registered €220 million sales, 70% of which came from foreign markets.