Hemp Joint Venture & Partnerships Textiles, Fashion, Sports and Footwear

Project Effective will replace traditional Nylon by Bio-Nylon

Project EFFECTIVE involves 12 organisations from 8 countries and has the purpose to produce more sustainable nylon and fibres. This is an early sign of the disruption of the nylon industry.

One of the key objectives of Project EFFECTIVE is to develop a more sustainable nylon, made from bio-based caprolactam produced using renewable feedstocks. The nylon will be validated by brands to make apparel and carpet textiles.

Project EFFECTIVE is one of the broadest industrial-driven efforts to reshape entire product value chains and drive economic growth.

The initiative is funded partly through a grant from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public/private partnership between the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program and the Bio-based Industries Consortium.

Participants of Project Effective

Project EFFECTIVE’s stakeholders come from eight countries and are leaders in renewable feedstocks, conversion technologies, makers of intermediate and finished products, major consumer brands and recycling technologies.

  • Sudzucker
  • H&M,
  • Carvico
  • Vaude
  • Balsan
  • Genomatica
  • Fundacion Circe
  • Sudzucker
  • Vaude
  • Aquafil
  • Circular Change
  • Bio-mi
  • Novamont
  • Life Cycle Engineering

project efective member companies

Statement from CEO Genomatica Christophe Schilling

“More renewables in product value chains means more impact. More and more manufacturers and brands get it; more and more are taking action. We look forward to rapidly expanding the circle of action.”

Statement from CEO Aquafil Giulio Bonazzi

“This consortium is an important step toward a more circular economy. Together we will drive new waves of healthy industrialization, economic growth, and greater sustainability – better than we can individually.”

Closing Remarks

Having Novamont on board means that it’s already a win.

This is an early warning of the disruption of the traditional nylon sector. Christophe Schilling from Genomatica seem to be the golden boy of the bioplastics industry. He knows how to win and he’s a smart businessman. So what appears to be a technological innovation will probably become a huge commercial success. It’s interesting to note how nylon came to power…using a ruse.

Nylon was invented by Dupont in the 1930s at a time when hemp was massively used in the textile sector. George Washington (US president) used to grow Hemp for instance. To ensure the commercial success of nylon, the nylon industry (….Dupont) got rid of Hemp in the following way. They started a lobbying and PR campaign to associate cannabis / hemp with hard drugs. Laws were voted that made it illegal to grow Hemp and nylon took over the textile industry.

Hemp and Marijuana are both cannabis. Initially same plant but early separation of gene pool led to two distinct types of plants. When the plant is grown for foods, oils and textiles and bred with other plants it’s called hemp. Its called Marijuana when it’s bred selectively for psychoactive compound and used for medical and religious purposes. Today, there’s a nuance as explained above.