27 Oct 2016

SPORT DIVER – Eco-Friendly Swimwear Helps Curb Threat of Ghost Fishing Nets

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BY MELISSA GASKILL

Abandoned fishing nets pose a major threat to marine life, but clothing manufacturers worldwide are working to turn the deadly trash into wearable treasures

An abandoned net drifts through the ocean just beneath the surface — silent, unseen and deadly, like a ghost. Snagged in its fibers are dozens of creatures, fish that no one will ever harvest: sharks, sea turtles and even sea birds.

At least 10 billion pounds of plastic waste alone wash into waterways every year.

Aquafil developed a process to turn these nets into a quality yarn called Econyl. First, a facility in Slovenia shreds, compacts and bags nets for transport to a plant in the heart of the country, which transforms them into the raw material for first-grade nylon…

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