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Recycled From The Sea

Our Thermocline range, swimwear and OceanPositive rashguards are made using recycled nylon from ghost fishing nets and other discarded waste.

‘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.

“This is a fantastic idea, one which demonstrates what we can, and should, do for the oceans”.

‘Her Deepness’ Sylvia Earle.


ECONYL® yarn is made by Aquafil – an Italian company which has developed an ingenious process to recycle nylon waste back into first grade quality nylon yarn.

Recycle Diagram Oceanpositive

For every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® raw material, Aquafil are able to save 70,000 barrels of crude oil and avoid 57,000 tonnes of CO2 eq. emissions. As well as being a solution on waste, ECONYL® regenerated nylon is also better when it comes to climate change. It reduces the global warming impact of nylon by up to 80% compared with the material from oil.





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