A Journey from Waste to Wear

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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

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25 Aug 2014 News, Video

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 […]

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Panago-Peter-Verhoog
21 Jul 2014 Blog

Saturday 19 July, our diving team cleaned up the wreck of the Panago, located in the Dutch North Sea. Approximately 800 kilograms of lost fishing gear was removed from the shipwreck. The Panago is a steam cargo ship situated in the Dutch North Sea, at around 20 meters depth. The front ship rises high above […]

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