A Journey from Waste to Wear

NGO

Marine Protection | Action against waste fishing nets

Our non-profit activities include the recovery of fishing nets by volunteer divers and their storage in special facilities, in addition to educational and prevention programs.

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    FISHING NET RECOVERY

    We run pilot projects in three regions where our divers recover ghost nets from the bottom of the sea.

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    PREVENTION

    We identify preventive measures through collaboration with various stakeholders involved, such as the fishing industry, fish farms, salvage companies and others.

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    AWARENESS RAISING

    We work on raising public awareness of the ecological and economic importance of healthy seas.

Regeneration

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.

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    PREPARATION

    Recovered fishing nets are cleaned of foreign materials such as organic, plastic or metallic elements, and prepared for regeneration.

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    REGENERATION PROCESS

    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.

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    ECONYL® YARN

    ECONYL® yarn can be used for a wide range of products and can be recycled endlessly without any loss of material quality.

Products

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.

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    APPAREL

    Sportswear, swimwear, underwear: a wide range of textile products can be made with ECONYL® yarn derived from recovered fishing nets and other waste materials.

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    CARPETING

    Carpet made from waste materials, including recovered fishing nets, can make a fundamental contribution to sustainable housing and design.

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    PROJECTS

    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

Healthy Seas
A journey from waste to wear
Healthy Seas kickoff event
Slovenia 4&5 Oct. 2013
At Healthy Seas kickoff event in Slovenia
Heather Koldewey

Latest news

6.000 kilo's of nets are recovered from the North Sea in the weekend of 25 en 26 Oktober 2014. Foto: Peter Verhoog
27 Oct 2014 News, Press

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 […]

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16 Oct 2014 Events, News, Press

With the Port of Ancona promoted as national ‘collection point’ and trawl vessels becoming involved for the benefit of the environment, the Adriatic Sea becomes a pioneer throughout the Mediterranean for the recovery and regeneration of abandoned fishing nets lying on the seabed. This initiative is made possible thanks to a unique partnership between researchers, […]

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01 Oct 2014 News

Last weekend, 27 September 2014, the Healthy Seas North Sea clean-up season ended. Our divers sailed out for their last ghost fishing expedition of this year, joined by the German television station ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) who filmed the trip and will make a documentary of it which will be broadcasted soon on ZDF! The shipwreck […]

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Alex Mustard_naturepl.com
29 Sep 2014 Blog, News

World Animal Protection, supported by the UN Environment Programme’s Global Partnership on Marine Litter, Aquafil and the Healthy Seas initiative, is building a Global Ghost Gear Initiative. Innovative and effective solution projects exist around the world to reduce the amount of ghost gear in our seas. But these pioneering solutions are tackling only the tip […]

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