% of other synthetic fabrics being made with Recycled fibers

Norrøna wants to use as much recycled or responsibly produced plant based nylon and other synthetics in our products as possible

In 2010, the US and EU produced nearly 15 M tons of textile waste containing approximately 1M tons of  nylon waste.  Like polyester, virgin nylon fiber is made from crude oil.  Recycled nylon comes from used fishing nets, post‐industrial waste fiber and yarn collected from spinning and processed into reusable nylon fiber. The benefits of recycling nylon come from the reduced energy needed to produce the final fiber, reduced dependence on oil, and the diversion of waste from landfills.

Norrøna has implemented a new process for securing recycled synthetic fibers, as with recycled polyester, and we expect to see the effect of this new way of doing things from 2017. What we have experienced in the current sourcing market is that there is a limited supply on synthetic yarns in general, and especially on nylon. In addition the quality of recycled nylon has not always held the sufficient quality, which is so important for Norrøna, and we have had to continue using virgin nylon in certain products.

Norrøna is also experimenting with responsibly produced plant based nylon fibers.  Responsibly produced fibers use what would otherwise be waste from the crops and are processed into yarn in a way that can be Bluesign or Oeko-Tex approved.

In 2016 we saw an increase to 8% recycled nylon, but this is behind our target of 20%. It is proving difficult to find recycled nylon that has the necessary quality and durability.


  • % of products made of nylon and other non- Polyester based synthetics , with main fabrics containing more than 50% of recycled fiber in our active collection. This measurement presently is based on supplier information, but our goal is to have 100% third party verification