Following the launch of the Ecolast™ swimwear, made also from ocean waste, Zoggs are delighted to announce they’ve partnered with Healthy Seas.
Healthy Seas is a not-for-profit initiative with a mission to protect our oceans and marine life by collecting abandoned fishing nets that are then transformed by Aquafil into ECONYL® yarn to create sustainable products.
Working with divers, schools, NGOs and governments, Healthy Seas is responsible for the retrieval of ghost fishing nets, raising awareness of the environmental damage these nets cause. It’s estimated 640,000 tons of fishing equipment is discarded in our oceans every year, each taking hundreds of years to decompose. The Healthy Seas initiative also collaborates with fishermen, fish farms and local communities to prevent these nets ending up in the sea by helping to source responsible solutions.
The fishing nets recovered by Healthy Seas are cleaned of foreign materials and prepared for regeneration by Aquafil. The nylon in these nets is then turned into a raw material (with other debris such as industrial waste and carpet) and transformed into ECONYL® yarn by Aquafil. Along with the Ecolast™ swimwear, ECONYL® yarn can be used to create new products like underwear, socks and carpet. Since the ‘Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear’ initiative was launched in 2013, divers and fishermen have collected over 375,000 kilograms of fishing nets.
Zoggs will be donating 10% of their Ecolast™ swimwear profits to the Healthy Seas initiative.