Healthy Seas is a not-for-profit initiative with a mission to protect the oceans and marine life. Working with divers, schools, NGOs and governments, Healthy Seas is responsible for the retrieval of ghost fishing nets and raising awareness of the environmental damage these nets cause.
Healthy Seas is committed to marine protection and aims for sustainibility, in both an environmental and an economic sense. Healthy Seas has retrieved 453 tons of fishing nets since 2013 - the equivalent of three blue whales!
Ecolast™: Swimwear Made From Ocean Waste
The Healthy Seas - A Journey From Waste to Wear - intiative collects abandoned fishing nets that are transformed by Aquafil into ECONYL® yarn, a high quality regenerated nylon used to create sustainable products like swimwear.
Thanks to Healthy Seas, our Ecolast™ swimwear is made from abandoned fishing nets, carpets and industrial waste rescued from the oceans and landfill. Using 78% ECONYL® yarn and 22% LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™, Ecolast™ swimwear is soft, comfortable and offers superb shape retention. Proven to be 15 times more resiliant than standard swimwear fabrics, you can focus on what's important - having fun! Whether that be swimming at the pool, taking to the open water or relaxing on the beach.
Marine Protection: Action Against Waste Fishing Nets
Fishing Net Retrieval – Volunteer divers have recovered ghost fishing nets that threaten marine life from the North Sea, the Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
Marine Litter Prevention – Healthy Seas collaborates with fishermen, local communities and stakeholders to prevent waste fishing nets ending up in the sea.
Raising Awareness – Healthy Seas helps raise awareness about the harmful effects these discarded nets cause.
Regeneration: From Fishing Nets to Yarn
Preparing the Waste – Recovered waste fishing nets are cleaned, shredded and prepared for regeneration.
Regeneration –At the ECONYL® depolymerisation plant the nets, and other discarded materials, are transformed into ECONYL® regenerated yarn.
ECONYL® Yarn – This is used to create sustainable products like our Ecolast™ Swimwear.