If we don’t have healthy seas and oceans, we won’t have productive ecosystems. There is enough knowledge and policy available. It’s time to take action! These were the key messages of the “Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystem” (HOPE) conference where the Healthy Seas Initiative was also represented. The conference was organized by the European Commission […]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
The Healthy Seas new website has been launched today, March 3rd 2014. Almost a year ago Aquafil, the ECNC Group and Star Sock established the ‘Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear’ initiative. The main objective of the Healthy Seas initiative is to remove waste, in particular fishing nets and other marine litter, from the seas for […]Read More
On 3-4 March 2014 the Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems (HOPE) Conference takes place in Brussels. It will bring together all those working with or in relation to the European marine environment and will provide them with the opportunity to discuss progress made over the past 5 years, the problems that still remain and the solutions […]Read More
On the 30th of January 2014 the New Year’s event of ‘MVO Nederland’ (CSR the Netherlands) took place. Emphasis was placed on ‘Ambitie 2020’: The Netherlands as a global example of a circular economy. Amongst the participants was one of Healthy Seas’ founders Star Sock. The event was officially opened by his Royal Majesty King […]Read More