Recycling fishing nets with Healthy Seas

Regenerating nylon fishing nets with Healthy Seas

Recycling with Healthy Seas

Our recovered fishing gear will be recycled as much as possible. Aquafil, Ghost Fishing and Star Sock are working together in 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 the purpose of recycling these into textile products. Recovered fishing nets are still all too often dumped into landfills or burned, but as part of the Healthy Seas initiative they will be transformed and regenerated into ECONYL® yarn, a high-quality raw material used to create new products, such as socks, swimwear, underwear, carpets, etc.

The cleaned fishing nets are delivered to a plant in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where they are prepared for the ECONYL® Regeneration System. The recycling in Slovenia is an innovative process to regenerate waste fishing nets and make nylon yarn. The regenerated nylon yarn is called ECONYL® and has the same qualities as virgin nylon from fossil raw material. ECONYL® is a trademark of Aquafil, a company based in Arco, Italy.

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