From November 13-14, 2014, Healthy Seas attended and supported the inaugural roundtable meeting of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Organized by World Animal Protection, the roundtable meeting brought together UN agencies, industry leaders and non-governmental organizations to address the growing issue of ghost gear in oceans. The initiative aims to achieve […]Read More
Sharing a passion for Healthy Seas and sustainable products
The Healthy Seas initiative is the brainchild of three organizations that have embarked together on a beautiful journey to save our environment.
It’s a journey from waste to wear. We recover abandoned fishing nets that pollute our seas and coasts and regenerate the nylon into high-quality yarn which is turned into brand new sustainable textiles.
A Journey from Waste to Wear
FISHING NET RECOVERY
We run pilot projects in three regions where our divers recover ghost nets from the bottom of the sea.
We identify preventive measures through collaboration with various stakeholders involved, such as the fishing industry, fish farms, salvage companies and others.
We work on raising public awareness of the ecological and economic importance of healthy seas.
Regeneration | From fishing nets to yarn
This part of Healthy Seas involves the transformation of fishing nets and other waste into regenerated ECONYL® nylon yarn.
Recovered fishing nets are cleaned of foreign materials such as organic, plastic or metallic elements, and prepared for regeneration.
The nylon recovered from fishing nets is transformed into virgin raw material, which, together with other waste materials, is turned into ECONYL® regenerated nylon yarn.
ECONYL® yarn can be used for a wide range of products and can be recycled endlessly without any loss of material quality.
Products | New sustainable textiles
In the final step beautiful and sustainable textile products are created. They continue to tell the powerful story of the journey from waste to wear.
Sportswear, swimwear, underwear: a wide range of textile products can be made with ECONYL® yarn derived from recovered fishing nets and other waste materials.
Carpet made from waste materials, including recovered fishing nets, can make a fundamental contribution to sustainable housing and design.
The Healthy Seas initiative is a powerful story that can inspire brands to develop engaging projects and new forms of cooperation.
Watch how we stem the tide
During the past two weeks Healthy Seas partners LAUE (Los Angeles Underwater Explorers) carried on an ambitious mission: to clean up the “Olympic”, a popular shipwreck in southern California, in the south Bay near San Pedro. The Olympic started her life as the Star of France. She was built in Ireland in 1877 as a 3 […]Read More
If you attended the last Biennale Interieur 2014 in Belgium last October, you might have seen a cutting edge concept bar inspired by classic fishing gear and ocean waves. We are talking about the Gone Fishing Bar, realized by Healthy Seas partner Interface, in collaboration with a Swedish design trio consisting of Charlotte Ryberg, a […]Read More
The last salvage trip of the season collected 6,000 kg of nets from the North Sea. This brings the total for the year to 29,000 kg of nets recovered in the Dutch and Belgian North Sea and offered for recycling. This is almost 10,000 kg more than last year. In 2014 the number of diving […]Read More