Ghost fishing nets, which are lost and left in the ocean, make up 10 per cent of plastic waste in the sea and these nets take about 600 years to decompose. Aquafil, one of the main producers of nylon 6 in Italy and the world, collaborates with Healthy Seas and Ghost Fishing to recruit volunteer divers and collect these fishing nets.
The company calls this regenerated nylon fibre material, ECONYL®. The fabric is part of a closed loop production cycle: it’s woven entirely from found waste and is, in turn, 100 percent regenerable. A recent mission took place in the Aeolian Islands and led to 4000kg of discarded fishing nets being brought to the surface.