23 July 2018 - Abandoned fishing nets in our oceans are a big problem. Every year, more than 600,000 tonnes of nets are lost into the oceans. These nets are a massive threat as they cause untold damage to the environment; harming and destroying reefs, and ensnaring wildlife, which can kill them. To tackle the problem, teams of expert divers across the globe have been working together to remove lost or discarded fishing nets to help protect our marine creatures and their habitats.
In 2017, UK clothing company FatFace Foundation announced a partnership with the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), World Animal Protection and leading dive apparel brand, Fourth Element. The Foundation’s aim is to support the work that the three organisations are doing in helping to protect the ocean from the impact of human activity, and is committed to helping clean up our oceans.
The FatFace Foundation has been working with Fourth Element on the new OceanPositive® swimwear range, which is made using ECONYL® — recycled nylon from “Ghost” Fishing Nets. This is produced by repurposing marine plastic waste in the form of fishing nets, which have either been lost or discarded in our oceans. The nets are cleaned and sorted before being put through a unique process, which turns the waste into a raw material that’s exactly the same as the material used to make nylon. Eventually all that’s left is a high-quality fabric with excellent chlorine and UV resistance. This unique recycling process far better for the environment than making nylon from scratch. It eliminates waste, saves oil, avoids C02 and saves energy.