02 Aug 2016

GUARDIAN SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS – Wooden surfboards to mushroom handplanes: the surf companies tackling ocean waste – gallery

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by Tess Riley

Ocean waste is a serious problem for companies emotionally and physically connected to the sea, said the founder of outdoor clothing company Finisterre in a recent Guardian debate, but that connection also gives them a strong incentive to find solutions. Here we profile some of the companies doing just that

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Unlike manufacturers that use petroleum to make swimwear, not-for-profit RubyMoon uses ECONYL regenerated yarn made from ghost fishing nets (nets that have been lost, dumped or abandoned) and other waste. 100% of the net profits generated by RubyMoon are then lent out as small loans through Lendwithcare to empower women entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Like RubyMoon, Finisterre uses ECONYL in several of its swimwear products – a material made from waste nylon from old fishing nets, discarded carpets, industrial waste and more. The company donates 10% of the profits from the sale of its ECONYL swimwear to Surfers Against Sewage, an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans and beaches.

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