‘Healthy Seas’ targets discarded nets
An NGO and 2 businesses have launched a project to recycle abandoned fishing nets _ that account for 10% of the junk hanging around the world’s oceans _ into something wearable. Some 640,000 tons of nets are floating out there, for hundreds of years and threatening sea life. The aim is to transform these into synthetic yarns for things like socks, swimwear, underwear and carpets.
The “Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear” is an initiative of Italy’s Aquafil, a maker of polyamide and _ from the Netherlands _ the European Centre for Nature Conservation and Star Sock, a wholesale production company. It will be launched in 3 phases. Full details by late April 2013. The first phase will aim at 3 regions: the North Sea (Netherlands and Belgium), the Adriatic Sea (Italy, Slovenia and Croatia) and the Mediterranean Sea (Spain). Healthy Seas is not alone. In January, Interface Global, a carpet tile maker, and the Zoological Society of London launched Net Works, a venture to recycle discarded nets on the beaches of some of the world’s poorest coastal communities into carpet tiles.