From the Ocean for the Ocean
Water. The birthplace of life on earth. It covers 70% of the planet and is home to 65% of the world’s life forms. Our existence and survival has always been linked to water. But an alarming reality exists below the surface. Lost fishing nets, almost invisible underwater, keep trapping fish and marine animals, in an endless cycle that threatens to directly drain our marine ecosystem. Each year, about 640,000 tons of fishing gear are lost or abandoned in our seas and oceans. They are plastic waste which remain in the seas for centuries. Meanwhile, microplastics end up in the stomachs of fish and soon after ours. Millions of animals, including whales, seals, turtles and birds, are injured and killed by ghost gear every year.
We partnered up with organizations and companies to create a solution for our beloved ecosystem. We take action in different ways for marine protection.The Healthy Seas initiative transforms this cycle of futility and death into one of sustainability and hope. Volunteer divers recover ghost nets from the North, the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. We collaborate with fishermen, fish farms and local communities to prevent waste nets from ending up in the sea. We raise awareness of the environmental damage caused by ghost gear and promote the ecological and economic importance of healthy seas. We remove the nets saving the lives of thousands of marine animals and creating healthier seas. Once removed the recovered nets together with other nylon waste are transformed by Aquafil into ECONYL ® regenerated nylon yarn. ECONYL ® is a high-quality raw material used to create new products. It has the same quality as virgin nylon from fossil raw material, it is infinitely recyclable.
True beauty is never shallow. It has depths like the ocean. The beauty of a product doesn’t just come from its looks, it comes from its story. The Healthy Seas Initiative protects the marine environment while raising awareness about responsible product solutions with a powerful story behind them.
- Jessica and Vanessa Schulz