OceanPositive swimwear and hydroskin rashguards are made using recycled nylon from fishing nets which have been abandoned by fishing vessels having snagged on reef, wrecks etc.
These “Ghost Nets” amount to over 600,000 tonnes of lost gear every year. The main hazard is to marine life – from invertebrates to large marine mammals. They continue to fish, long after they have been abandoned, and account for countless lives. The netting, very slow to degrade, scrubs coral, creating a desolate seascape where they are dragged over the reef by shifting currents.
Now, all over the world, dive teams are removing these Ghost Nets from the wrecks and reefs, often at great depths, and bringing them up to the surface where they can be recycled and spun into nylon yarn.
Fourth Element uses fabric made from ECONYLl®, the recycled yarn, combined with Lycra® to make a line of active swimwear.
‘Her Deepness’ Sylvia Earle.
ECONYL® yarn is made by Aquafil – an Italian company which has developed an ingenious process to recycle nylon fishing nets (and other nylon waste) back into First Grade Quality nylon yarn, which we use to create OceanPositive.
The Manufacture of ECONYL® yarn enabled Aquafil (in 2013) to:
These savings are a comparison with making virgin nylon. In 2015 Aquafil saved enough energy in the production of ECONYL® yarn to power a small town for a year (or the city of Rome for ten days).
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