The International Whaling Commission (IWC) recently hosted a marine debris workshop in Honolulu, Hawaii. The workshop examined the threat posed to whales, dolphins and porpoises by marine debris, including ALDFG. A group of 30 international experts attended, including representatives from the UN Environment Programme, the FAO, the UN Convention on Migratory Species, the plastics manufacturing […]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
This final month of diving expeditions is hectic and the weekends are fully booked by all Healthy Seas diving teams. Last weekend our Dutch divers visited a variety of shipwrecks in the Belgium and even the English part of the North Sea, salvaging several thousands of kilograms of fishing nets. Photos of the trip can […]Read More
From next week onwards, the 40 fishing boats based at the port of Den Oever in The Netherlands will start to collect their waste fishing nets for Healthy Seas. This is one of the results of the cooperation between municipality, harbour personnel and Healthy Seas. On Monday 1st of September a contract is co-signed by […]Read More
Two years ago, our partner LAUE (Los Angeles Underwater Explorer) started the project Infidel clean up. The goal was to remove all the nets which cover the wreck and regularly trap marine life (seals, sea lions, even birds). The wreck seats under 150ft of water, which makes the cleaning work challenging and requires lots of […]Read More