The current nylonkous ruining the environment, but improvement is coming

Coarse be made stockings made from plastic and we throw them very fast way. Bad for the environment. But there are alternatives. Thus, Wolford prototypes of stockings according to the Cradle to Cradle®-principle ready.

Well-known phenomenon: a ladder in a nylonkous. © Getty Images/iStockphoto

Nylon is a synthetic plastic that is around the Second world War in general was available. It became very popular as a replacement for rare side. Thanks to the strength of the material was nylon used for military items such as parachutes and tents. But it was also used for all kinds of common products that were previously made out of silk were made, such as tights.

Vintage silk stockings © wikicommons

The tights, as we now know it was invented in 1953 under the name of Panti-Legs. In the sixties, when the mini skirt the fashion stormed, were stockings very very popular. Ophoudkousen were often something to be sexy in combination with a short skirt and garter far too complicated for the youthful new trends.

Polluting product

Unfortunately, it is a nylonkous not a sustainable product. The basis of our fully fashioned nylon stockings is polyamide, which is made from petroleum. It is a synthetic substance that is created by different monomers together to link. On that basis, an elastic fibre is added so that the socks stretch. That makes it a very difficult product to post-production to recycling, as to all parts to take apart, to pulping and re-stockings of spiders is a very labour-intensive work.

In addition, it costs a lot of energy and water to the stockings to make and the greenhouse gas distikstof(mono)oxide (nitrous oxide) during the production of nylon stockings.

Nylon stockings are also usually not have a long life ahead. Ladders are almost inevitable and unless you are a punk or emo clothing style, it ends there for the tights. Throw the nylon stockings not just in the garbage, but bring them to a collection point for textiles.


Fortunately, there are producers that a more sustainable solution think of for the traditional nylonkous. So there are all tights on the market that are made from recycled material, and more particularly from pre-consumption material. At Kruidvatyou can get a Ecocare tights buy for a low price or you can opt for the ecokousen of Swedish Stockings. These tights are already a big step ahead, because waste material a new life in the form of beautiful, sturdy nylon stockings, is obviously better than the waste just waste.

Even better would be if stockings do not start with a material that pollutes, without sacrificing quality.


Cradle to Cradle © Wolford

Three year long arc Wolford’s department of Product Development about this issue. They joined forces with a consortium of fifteen companies from the Vorarlberg region of Austria that Cradle to Cradle®-components produce for the lingerie and kousenbusiness. This consortium, the COIN (Cooperation Innovation), with the support of the Austrian Forschungsförderunggesellchaft (the agency for the promotion of research) cooperation between companies and research institutes stimulates so that expertise can be translated into innovative products. The development of these products and materials were made possible thanks to the research according to the Material Health Assessment of the assessor EPEA Switzerland which is the Cradle to Cradle Certified™certificate issue.

Circular cycle

With these new tights, there can be nutrients are created in different biological and technical cycles. The purpose of the innovation is the development of products with non-harmful raw materials, chemical products and paints that are safe and healthy for the consumer, society and the environment. So they have found a way to the life cycle of tights circular instead of linear, which is in line with the Cradle-to-Cradle technique. The starting point of this approach is to make sure that there is no waste left over at the end of the life cycle of a product.

Cradle to Cradle © Wolford

For the organic cycles will be both lingerie and tights are made of Lenzing Modal® (a cellulosevezel sourced from sustainably managed forests), a specially modified biodegradable oliepolymeer (infinito® of Lauffenmühle), and a special premium smart ROICA™-wire which is extremely stretchy and would be broken down without releasing hazardous emissions. All these components respond to the veiligheidstandaarden for biological cycles. At the same time, all products will meet the standards for the technical cycle are made of Polyamide 6 and the above-mentioned elastomer.

Future music

At the autumn-winter of 2018 expected to Wolford that the products that are part of both cycles on the store shelves will countries. What’s the price tag for these products will be is not yet known.

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