At Laara Swim we take our environmental responsability seriously, which is why we use Italian ECONYL for our swimwear and constantly evaluate how we can protect and improve the state of the earth and oceans.
We need to face reality:
Every year 640.000 tons of fishing gear is lost in the oceans, equivalent to the weight of 6.100 blue whales. By using Econyl, not only can we save an impressive amount of fish and whales, but also decrease CO2 and oil use.
FOR EVERY 10,000 TONS OF ECONYL® RAW MATERIAL, WE ARE ABLE TO:
'Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear’ initiative was established with the aim to remove waste, in particular fishing nets, from the seas for the purpose of creating healthier seas and recycling marine litter into textile products. The recovered fishing nets are transformed and regenerated together with other Nylon waste by Aquafil into ECONYL® yarn, a high-quality raw material used to create new products. The initiative is operating in Europe, focusing on the North Sea, Adriatic and Mediterranean Sea, all regions important for biodiversity and tourism and also heavily used for fishing.
The discarded, lost, or abandoned fishing nets are often called “ghost nets”, since they continue to catch fish and other marine animals without human involvement. Millions of marine animals, including sharks, dolphins, seals and turtles suffer and die because of entanglement in these nets. Fishing gear may be abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded in one part of the world and end up in another. Oceanic currents and winds can carry ghost fishing gear thousands of kilometres. Even remote Antarctic habitats are not free from this pollution – every ocean and sea on Earth is affected.
Healthy Seas provides a showcase at European level for circular economy and sustainability while highlighting that waste is too valuable to be wasted. The strength of Healthy Seas lies in its partnership of businesses and NGOs working towards the same aim: a better planet and healthier seas, while learning-by-doing and being open to new partners and creative ideas.