The time has come for innovative solutions that turn old into new, as we design our path to a sustainable future. Reflecting these changing times, Lantinga Vita launches a sustainable apparel line using ECONYL®, a unique new regenerated nylon, in partnership with the Healthy Seas initiative.
The revolutionary yarn is made from waste such as fishing nets from the oceans and aquaculture, fabric scraps from mills and carpets destined for landfill. For every 10,000 tonnes of ECONYL® raw material, we are able to save 70,000 barrels of crude oil and avoid 57,100 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This reduces our impact on climate change by 80%. It’s infinitely recyclable and can unleash infinite possibilities.
The ghost fishing gear used to make the yarn is removed from our oceans through diving activities and sea clean ups, lead by the Healthy Seas initiative. In 2013 the ‘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. From 2013 to 2018, 453 tons of fishing nets were collected. That's the equivalent to the weight of 3 blue whales.
Healthy Seas applies a two-way approach in order to achieve its mission. Namely, recovering ghost fishing nets from our seas and preventing that waste fishing nets will end up in marine ecosystems or in landfill. Healthy Seas provides a solution as we create a circular economy while highlighting that “waste is too valuable to be wasted”.
Supporting the Healthy Seas initiative allows us to align our values with actions that protect marine biodiversity, while removing harmful waste from our oceans. Together, we can provide solutions that have a positive impact on climate change as we continue to build a sustainable future for all.