We’re all in it together for a sea changeHealthy Seas brings together many different stakeholders: divers, fisheries, NGOs, governments, communities as well as salvage, recycling and production companies.
Action against waste fishing nets
Our non-profit activities include the recovery of fishing nets by volunteer divers and the storage of the material in special facilities. In addition we run educational and prevention programs.
From fishing nets to yarn
This part of Healthy Seas involves the transformation of fishing nets and other waste into regenerated ECONYL® nylon yarn.
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.
Healthy Seas is a cross-sector initiative created by two NGOs and two businesses -
that have joined forces to tackle the problem of marine litter.
Since 1969, the Aquafil Group has been a leading player, both in Italy and globally, in the production of Nylon 6. In 2011 Aquafil developed and launched the ECONYL® Regeneration System. Thanks to this groundbreaking process, the fishing nets recovered by the Healthy Seas initiative can be regenerated into ECONYL® nylon yarn. The yarn is used for the production of sustainable apparel and carpet products.www.aquafil.com
Star Sock, established in 1996, has become a trusted sock-partner for the international retail market. With a focus on sport and lifestyle, it holds licenses for several well-known brands.
Its philosophy is made up of four Ps: professional, positive, passion and pleasure. Star Sock is the first company to have given new life to the fishnets that Healthy Seas recovered by using ECONYL® regenerated yarn for their socks.
Ghost Fishing is the world's leading expert organization on lost fishing gear removal. Ghost Fishing is responsible for the daily coordination of Healthy Seas and mobilizes its wide international and local networks. With the help of dedicated diving teams, Ghost Fishing coordinates the recovery of abandoned fishing nets and runs regular activities to raise awareness among the public, fishing industry and local communities.www.ghostfishing.org
ECNC Group is a leading European expertise centre for biodiversity and sustainability. ECNC Group is focusing on the establishment of integrated waste management systems in Dutch harbours together with other local partners while targeting the collection and possible recycling of all fisheries related waste.www.ecncgroup.eu