Healthy Seas Collaboration Announcement! Proud to donate to a great cause!
After long looking for a charity to be involved, we found Healthy Seas that does precisely that. Makes our seas healthy, by cleaning the bottom of the Mediterranean, the Adriatic and the North Sea. So, from now on, a percentage of every sale will be going to the Healthy Seas organisation to support keeping our seas clean from fishing nets and lost fishing gear. All the fishing nets retrieved from the seas by the Healthy seas end up to the Econyl® Regeneration system that produces the fibre that we use for our swimwear! Yes, you have that right! Your new Menesthò bikini is made from lost fishing nets.
Do you want to know about them and what they are doing?
In 2013 the ‘Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear’ initiative (www.healthyseas.org) was established to remove waste, in particular, fishing nets, from the seas to create healthier seas and recycle marine litter into textile products. The recovered fishing nets are regenerated together with other nylon waste by Aquafil into ECONYL® yarn (www.econyl.com), a high-quality raw material used to create new products, such as socks, swimwear, sportswear, carpets and other products.
Healthy Seas applies a two-way approach to achieve its mission. Namely, recovering ghost fishing nets from our seas (with the help of divers and salvage companies) and preventing that waste fishing nets will end up in marine ecosystems or landfill (with the help of fishers and fish farms).
Healthy Seas provides a showcase at European level for circular economy and sustainability while highlighting that “waste is too valuable to be wasted”.
The discarded, lost, or abandoned fishing nets are sometimes called “ghost nets”, often found on and around shipwrecks and reefs which are highly essential places for marine wildlife. Millions of marine animals, including dolphins, seals, turtles and birds suffer because of entanglement in these nets which leads to severe injuries and death eventually.
According to UNEP and FAO reports, every year some 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear is left in our seas and oceans. It is a global problem that requires urgent action.
At present, the Healthy Seas initiative is operating in Europe, focusing on the North Sea, Adriatic and the Mediterranean Sea, all regions important for biodiversity and tourism, where waste fishing nets are collected with the involvement of various stakeholders such as divers, salvage companies, fishers and fish farms.
FACTS AND FIGURES
Since we started at the beginning of 2013, together with divers and fishermen, have collectively removed well over 453.000 kilos of nets and other debris from the seas and oceans. Many marine animals have been rescued, and many cases of trapped animals we have prevented.
Effectively tackling the problem of derelict fishing gear and, more generally, the marine litter will require long- term, coordinated action at the local, regional and global level. Healthy Seas showcases how the regeneration of fishing nets can support business models that offer a self-sustaining and scalable solution to the problem of waste fishing nets across Europe. Healthy Seas has the potential to be expanded and replicated more widely.
Healthy Seas is currently active in several countries in Europe and continuously expanding.
Linear industrial processes are about "Make, Use, Dispose" and create products that eventually end up in landfills or in incinerators. It’s a loss which comes with a price both for the economy and for the environment. In a circular economy, ‘waste is a resource’. The fishnets collected by the Healthy Seas Initiative enter into the ECONYL ® Regeneration System.
SCOPE FOR CO-OPERATION & COLLABORATION
There are several important initiatives to clean up and safeguard the seas. The nets that are collected as part of the Healthy Seas initiative are not dumped into landfills or burned in waste processing facilities. Instead, they are recycled in order to create high-quality products what the public, the consumers can recognise and choose. And with their choice of buying something good, they support a good cause and this way more sea clean-ups can be organised. Sustainability is the focus, from both the environmental and economic point of view. The strength of Healthy Seas lies in its partnership of NGOs and businesses working towards the same aim: a better planet and healthier seas, while learning-by-doing and being open to new partners and creative ideas.
Environmental, maritime and fisheries policies have in common both the need to conserve natural resources and the fact that they are all crucial vectors of competitiveness. Hence the benefit of combining Europe’s ambitions for achieving “blue growth” in the maritime economy with “green growth” while protecting the environment is that it will boost development in those sectors and foster circular economy that prevents the loss of valuable materials.
The United Nations Environment Program launched a Global Initiative on Marine Litter which provides a global platform for the establishment of partnerships, cooperation and coordination of activities for the control and sustainable management of marine litter. The objectives of Healthy Seas are in line with current trends in international and EU environmental policy, the IMP’s Blue Growth initiative, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and other related policies.
Exciting, right? So where do we come in? For every Menesthò swimsuit, you buy, you cast a vote for our oceans, for the future of our children and the marine life. You give power to your wallet and your future.
Do you want to know more about who they are and their incredible journey? Check their website for more information Healthy Seas