The French knit specialist raced against time to present the latest addition to its Enola range at Interfilière Paris. This very light knit was created on a fine-gauge machine using EVO®, Fulgar’s new “plant-based” polyamide, made from castor oil. “We’re extremely satisfied with the result: this very fine count yarn has enabled us to create an excellent 160g fabric with an exceptional handle, far less soapy than polyamides made from petrochemicals. Naturally insulating, the plant-based polyamide offers remarkable intrinsic qualities, breathability, quick-drying, odour-control. We can also use it to deliver new stretch fabrics with 25% LYCRA®,” explains Sales Director Xavier Minsac. The first plant-based polyamide developed last year by D2P Billon went no lower than 250g, with just 8% elastane.
Another innovation showcased on the stand demonstrates D2P Billon’s commitment to sustainable development with a recycled polyamide, created using waste from the knitting process. A development project is also underway using a polyamide containing Seaqual™, a fibre obtained from waste collected from the ocean depths, which is currently developed on polyesters. Investments in the dye plant are going in the same direction, with new machines capable of using five times less water and additives.