Abandoned fishing gear destroys marine habitats and harms wildlife as it erodes over hundreds of years into smaller microplastics. Healthy Seas works with local governments, NGOs, fishermen and other stakeholders to reduce the amount of gear entering the ocean each year. Since 2013, their environmental initiative has collected over 510 tons of ghost fishing nets from European seas - that's equivalent to the weight of 4 blue whales!
Instead of destroying these abandoned nets, Healthy Seas works with Aquafil, a leading global producer of nylon, to transform this marine waste along with fabric scraps from mills, carpet flooring and industrial plastic from landfills into ECONYL® regenerated nylon. This innovative fiber is then used to create new products such as our swimwear collection and encourages others to think about new solutions to environmental issues.