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An estimated 640,000 tonnes of ghost gear enter the ocean every year.
650,000 marine animals are killed or injured every year as they become trapped in discarded nets.
Ghost gear is estimated to make up 10% of the plastic waste in our oceans. Unlike plastic bottles, drinking straws, and grocery bags, this gear was designed for one purpose: catching and killing sea life. The trapped animals attract predators and scavengers who then become ensnared themselves and the cycle goes on and on, basically forever.
This is not hyperbole. The plastics that make up most of the nets in the oceans today take around 600 years to break apart.

Organizations such as Healthy Seas and Net-Works cleanup with volunteer divers and work with stakeholders of the fishing sector toward marine litter prevention. They collect waste nets and ensure they become a valuable resource.

To create ECONYL® regenerated nylon yarn, Aquafil collects pre-consumer and post consumer nylon waste including old carpets, ghost fishing nets, and textile production scraps normally destined for disposal.
The regeneration process transforms what was waste into a new source of opportunities to be implemented in the fashion and design industries.
The ECONYL® Regeneration System is centered on depolymerization: a chemical process to ‘unzip’ the Nylon 6 molecules and to return them to their original state, called caprolactam. This regenerated ECONYL® caprolactam can then be turned back into new Nylon 6 polymers, which are identical to those made from fossil fuels.
This process can be repeated an infinite number of times without any loss in quality.

Pros
• Save sea life.
• Reduce marine plastic pollution.
• Improve the lives of marginalized coastal communities living in biodiversity hotspots of developing countries.
• It’s a strong, durable fibre, making it perfect for activewear.
• The infinite regenerative properties of ECONYL® regenerated yarn mean that theoretically, we never have to produce more virgin nylon again.

Cons
• ECONYL® yarn is not immune to plastic microfibre shredding during washing, those microfibres are brought up in the ocean through wastewater.
The good news is that you can easily filter those microfibres with a Guppy friend bag, a Cora ball, or installing a filter to your washing machine.

Microfibers pollution concerns every fabric, synthetic and natural, if you’re interested in more information and solutions to prevent them from entering the ocean, we’ll be posting new things soon…

Sources:
https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/single-discarded-fishing-net-can-keep-killing-centuries
https://earth911.com/business-policy/aquafil/
https://www.thedodo.com/in-the-wild/ocean-animals-dying-in-lost-fishing-gear