“A shirt button might not seem like it has a huge environmental impact – a couple of grams of typically Nylon PA6 goes into the majority – but with around 25 billion buttons produced each year, that’s nearly 50,000 tonnes of plastics a year.
From the outset, the joint team wanted to find a solution to the problem of buttons. Because, though they are small, up to 50,000 tonnes of buttons are produced a year, and most (about 60%) are made in Qiaotau, China, which means that transportation emissions add up. Most buttons are also made from Nylon 6, and the companies report that the production of the material alone could produce nearly half a million tonnes of CO2 each year."
-Stephen Holmes, Digital Media Editor for DEVELOP3D
At Benthos Buttons® we use ethically sourced, reclaimed Marine Nylon® plastic to produce sustainable garment buttons.
Fishy Filaments are the manufacturers of the Marine Nylon® material used for the production of Benthos Buttons. Fishy Filaments purchase old nets from fishermen, giving them an incentive to not disregard them at sea. Ghost fishing nets make up for 10% of the ocean pollution problem.
The key impact GWP (Global Warming Potential) is 0.201 kg CO2-eq per kg of Fishy Filament Nylon PA6.
To put these results into context, the GWP of 1 kg of virgin Nylon 6 produced in Europe is 6.52 kg CO2-eq based on the GaBi dataset.
Fishy Filaments’ Marine Nylon® has a 97% less environmental impact in comparison to virgin nylon.