Fishing nets have become a huge problem for marine life. Whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles and other marine life are being trapped by the nets left behind by fishermen. But with some clever innovations and technology, fashion could be the answer to cleaning up some of these nets and saving the lives of our beautiful marine life.
A number of brands are now using fishing nets and reclaimed marine debris to make fabrics that are not only turned into quality garments, but help reduce pressure on the oceans and their inhabitants.
As reported by The Guardian Newspaper:
“Key to finding these solutions will be a shift in perception so that used nets aren’t seen as a waste product but a raw material for something else.”
World champion surfer Kelly Slater’s label Outerknown uses of ECONYL in his men’s wear range – and thankfully he’s not alone in this initiative.
So how does it work?
The ECONYL regeneration system focuses on 6 steps that form a closed loop and uses less water and creates less waste than traditional nylon production methods. Waste such as fishing lines are collected, then cleaned and shredded, depolymerised to extract nylon, polymerised, transformed into yarn and then re-commercialised into textile products.
For every ton of fish net recovered and regenerated, enough yarn is generated for:
More than 26,000 pairs of socks and more than 1,000meters² of carpet
Other fibres such as Repreve are also on the market and turn plastic bottles into clothing. Did you know that plastic bottles with a #1 on the bottom are PET and have the same chemical make up as polyester? Repreve uses flakes from 6 recycled PET bottles to create a skirt and from 50 bottles to make a fleece jacket.
The good news is that plenty of Good On You rated brands have jumped on the Repreve bandwagon:
This article was updated on the 22/8/2016
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Darcie is a writer, researcher and editor with a masters degree in journalism and media. She is an English language teacher who has an almost obsessive passion for conscious consumerism.