Healthy Seas initiative on World Oceans Day

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2020-06-08 11:51:30 – Italy

8 June is currently World Oceans Day, which was established by the United Nations to raise public awareness about marine pollution. Among the companies that are operating at the forefront of protecting our oceans are three Italian pioneers - Carvico, Jersey Lomellina and Aquafil, all of whom are working for years to encourage a more sustainable fashion industry and to innovate their respective sectors by paying attention to sustainability.

"Over the last few months, the world has had to confront the COVID-19 pandemics that has caused a severe crisis in an eco-system which was already suffering due to incontrovertible climate changes. 2020 is a particular year because we have had the chance to stop and reconsider the targets achieved so far, and, particularly, to draft the guidelines for our 2030 agenda beginning from a deeper ecological consciousness," the Italian collaborators say.

But how do fashion be respectful of the environment?

In order to interpret its admiration for the environment into concrete activities aimed at improving the conditions of the planet, in 2011, Aquafil generated Econyl, a 100% regenerated polyamide yarn from preexisting and post-consumer waste materials such as ghost fishing nets recovered from the sea bottom.

Carvico's and Jersey Lomellina's devotion, rather, has led the Companies to create many'virtuous and brave choices' and also to offer their customers a wide selection of eco-sustainable products made from recycled raw materials. In 2013 Carvico, together with Jersey Lomellina, signed an exclusivity agreement for the use of Econyl for the production of fabrics for swimwear.

Healthy Seas helps collecting substances that are then regenerated by Aquafil (ghost fishing nets) and turned into Econyl. Once accumulated by volunteering divers collaborating with HS, such fishing nets are subsequently added to bigger quantities of other types of waste materials derived from aquaculture crops, old carpeting, and old fabrics, all made from polyamide 6.

"I am very proud," claims Giulio Bonazzi, Aquafil CEO, "Of that our firm was one of the founders of the unique initiative. Since 2013 Healthy Insights has been rising steadily and has created a wonderful network of partners and people who have joined forces to promote the sustainability of the marine eco-system. Through Healthy Seas we've been attempting to reduce the quantity of ghost fishing baits dropped by fishermen to ensure, instead of being disposed of in a landfill, they may be regenerated in our plant collectively with additional nylon waste and subsequently become Econyl, a truly sustainable solution for the fashion sector".

Important partner with that we discuss one of our most appreciated missions. Fundamental, and fabrics producers like us play a critical part in the process. In a world in which water is a valuable resource, we Will Need to Concentrate on creating new fabrics which could be more respectful of the Environment, and especially, of our seas. We're happy we can share such goal with Aquafil, also thanks to the help of Healthy Seas."

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