These divers made your fiber

What is the connection between the Fashion Revolution and a group of divers at sea? And how is it possible that your next fashion item might also be made by these men in wetsuits about to jump in a diving activity to recover ghost nets? Follow us for a story you might not expect to read during the Fashion Revolution!

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The divers of Healthy Seas into the Fashion Revolution with ECONYL®

Ghost nets in the oceans

While we were preparing for the Fashion Revolution and thinking about how to participate in it, a disturbing study about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was published. The study was led by the Ocean Cleanup Foundation and researchers at institutions in New Zealand, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, and Denmark, who published the findings in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Areti, Giorgos, Dimitris and Nikos of the Healthy Seas in Greece holding the fishing net they just recovered from the sea. Picture by Areti Kominou, Ghost Fishing Greece.

From ghost nets to textiles

But maybe it is not clear yet the connection between the problem of ghost nets discarded in the oceans and how is it possible that your next fashion item is also made by these divers?

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The results of the Healthy Seas initaitive from 2013 to 2017
Earthrise by Al Jazeera on the Healthy Seas initaitive
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Giorgos, Nikos and Dimitris of Healthy Seas with the fishing nets they recovered in Greece. Picture byAreti Kominou, Ghost Fishing Greece.

Why this is important

Even if you feel you are not connected to the oceans at all and your daily life is far away from every salty water spot, life on Earth would not be possible without our seas and as Sylvia Earle said in her beautiful Sea of Change, our planet without the oceans could very well look like Mars or Venus: inhospitable and with no life.

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Healthy Seas’ diving coordinator Pascal in Croatia. Picture by ®Cees Kassenberg.

What you can do

Fashion Revolution starts with you. As a consumer, you have the power to make the change. Your shopping habits influence what the industry offers. By choosing unsustainable clothes, not caring about where they come from, who made them, or what is in them, you give the industry a signal that you are fine with that. On the other hand, if you demand sustainable products that are not produced at the expense of the environment and people, companies will adapt, and more will join the sustainable fashion revolution.

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Anastasia, Giorgos and Tasos of the Healthy Seas initiative recovering a big ghost net in Greece. Picture by Areti Kominou, Ghost Fishing Greece.
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Pictures of Aquafil’s workers in the ECONYL® Regeneration plant.

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