Consider not only looking great this summer but feeling good as well by purchasing responsible clothing that has a positive outcome on our environment. One of the intriguing issues in the modern fashion world is sustainability. The present-day conscious customers have the option to opt for numerous products with much less negative impact on the environmental effect.
Customers around the world are progressively becoming more conscious about the environment and are searching for products with less environmental footprint. Earlier, there are limited options for purchasing eco-friendly garments. However, currently, numerous eminent fashion brands of the world are coming forward with a sustainable attitude making eco-friendly fashion easily available to the consumers.
Brands utilizing ECONYL® material to weave their clothes have shown the world that fashionable clothes can be made from the waste nylon. Swimwear and active wear made from ECONYL® material are sustainable, durable and at the same time beautiful.
The worldwide fishing industry is worth about $92 billion USD per annum at the principal phase of exchange. This is a huge business and requires enormous fishing nets to supply the tremendous measure of stock required to satisfy expanding worldwide demands.
It became very normal to dispose of the worn-out fishing nets into the sea itself causing a massive ecological massacre. About 640,000 tons of fishing gear is left behind per year in the ocean environment resulting in the death of 130,000 whales and dolphins as well as 40,000 seals. They die primarily by getting entangled in the abandoned fishing nets, a phenomenon which is generally known as 'ghost fishing. It takes around 600 years for the Monofilament (the nylon commonly used to make the fishing nets) to biodegrade. Healthy Seas and ECONYL came up with a novel and innovative initiative of waste to wear to tackle such grave issues effectively, turning fishing nets into fashion items
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ECONYL® is a nylon based material produced completely from abandoned fishing nets and carpets. Since its launch in 2011, the clothing business has rushed to exploit ECONYL®. Swimwear brands were among the first to use ECONYL® fibres. Other than swimwear, ECONYL® is appropriate for the fabrication of lingerie, sportswear, and outdoor clothing,
which usually require special texture ensuring durability and high performance. Incorporating sustainability in the materials of these clothing is difficult. Thanks to ECONYL® it became possible. ECONYL® nylon is currently conceivable to deliver wonderful and sturdy swimwear while decreasing the environmental footprint considerably.
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Usually, a diverse array of nylon waste is accumulated in the marine ecosystem which is possible to collect, process, and recycled into fresh nylon products. The accumulation and recycling process becomes more cost-effective when a huge amount of comparatively homogenous waste materials are present. Nylon 6, a common material of fishing nets is best suited for ECONYL® yarn production.
The principal objective of the initiative taken by Healthy Seas is to transform the rescued fishing nets and similar marine wastes to valuable products. This way the wastes will become reusable and the marine life will be free from it. The added value to the wastes will in-turn encourages further rescuing of such wastes from the marine ecosystem producing an ideal sustainable scenario.
One of the key accomplices in the Healthy Seas Initiative is ECONYL®, which is the sister concern of Aquafil group. In the years 2011 and 2012, ECONYL® has recovered nearly 16,000 tons of global wastes (both pre-and post-consumer) to create 12,000 tons of recycled polyamide fibre of nylon6. For every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® yarn, the Healthy Seas initiative will recycle 11,000 tons of waste, save 70,000 barrels of oil and avoid CO2 emissions of 41,000 tons.
The Fonda Fish Farm is one of the leading sustainable fisheries on the planet, delivering the world's most costly sea bass in finest preservation-minded conditions. They even introduced a diver to go to the seabed and witness how fishing nets are dragged up from the sea. These fishing nets are gathered in various territories around the globe and after that cleaned, dried, gathered and sent to the waste management and treatment centre of ECONYL® situated in Ajdovščina, Slovenia.
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Fishing net accumulation frameworks, similar to the one happening at Fonda Fish Farm, are also generating employment opportunities in the local communities, particularly among the economically compromised population. The Zoological Society London (ZSL) is cooperating with some of these groups in the Philippines interfacing them with the Healthy Seas activity to gather abandoned fishing nets from the Pacific.
Since in general fashion attracts a lot of attention of the general public, it can be the ideal stage to inform the consumers about the current concerns regarding world environment. Conservation of marine life and ocean ecosystems are fundamental to the survival of the fashion brands for swim and beachwear. It is good that many of these fashion brands are coming forward for the survival of these endangered species who cannot speak for themselves.
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