19 Apr 2016

INNOVATION IN TEXTILES – Outerknown and Aquafil aim to raise awareness about ocean waste ahead of Earth Day

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Outerknown, a menswear brand, founded by 11-time world champion surfer, Kelly Slater, and Aquafil, the leading producer of polyamide 6, are continuing their collaborative effort to produce sustainable apparel by utilizing a supply chain development process that is kinder to our planet and its inhabitants.

Ahead of the Earth Day, which takes place on 22 April, Outerknown has released a video to raise awareness about the ocean waste and its impact on marine life.

„As our partnership continues to grow, so does Outerknown’s position as a leader in sustainable fashion,“ said Giulio Bonazzi, CEO of Aquafil. „By choosing ECONYL nylon, Outerknown is intentionally structuring their supply chain to help divert global waste from landfills and oceans – and taking an important stand on this very pressing global issue.“

Abandoned fishing nets

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimate that there are more than 640,000 tons of abandoned fishing nets in the oceans, which are often responsible for the accidental capture of whales, turtles, birds and other marine life.

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