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, […]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
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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