Abandoned fishing nets are adrift in our oceans by the thousands – and they pose a real danger to marine plants and animals. VAUDE uses polyamide from reclaimed fishing nets for the production of its functional apparel in order to help solve the problems that this pollution causes.
Nylon recycling means that fishing nets and other polyamide products are recycled to produce a lightweight, robust and fast-drying fiber. The yarns produced from this source are certified in accordance with the Global Recycling Standard and are perfect for high-quality outdoor clothing. Using this fiber allows us to offer functional products that contribute to reducing pollution and conserving resources at the same time.
Upcycling to combat the killing of fish and ocean pollution
Plastic waste in the oceans is one of the most pressing environmental problems that exist today. Plastic dirties our oceans, releases pollutants into the air and water and threatens the existence of plants and animals. In addition, fishing nets in particular pose a real threat to whales and dolphins. Marine mammals can get caught in these nets and die a slow and agonizing death.
For years, the WWF and other non-profit organizations have been working to combat ocean pollution. Abandoned fishing nets that have been drifting aimlessly are collected by our fiber producer and processed into polyamide in an upcycling process. Other polyamide products such as carpeting can also be reused as a source for new fiber. VAUDE uses polyamide from nylon recycling for extra lightweight, robust and quick-drying functional products. This not only helps us to protect the environment, it also helps us offer you functional apparel for your outdoor adventures.
How does nylon recycling work?
To recycle fishing nets and other polyamide products, they must first be cleaned. This process, as well as chemical depolymerization and repolymerization, takes place in Europe. In the course of upcycling, the fishing nets are processed into new polyamide yarn. This high-quality yarn has the same chemical properties and functionalities as new polyamide made from petroleum.
Nylon recycling not only reduces the amount of environmentally hazardous plastic waste in the oceans. When we use it as a source for manufacturing new functional apparel, we save energy, oil and emissions all at the same time. So using outdoor apparel made from this recycled material gives you double the benefits.
Robust and lightweight: functional clothing made from fishing nets
Some 640,000 tons of fishing nets are estimated to be adrift in the world's oceans – reason enough to support nylon recycling efforts. VAUDE offers a wide range of products manufactured using polyamide from recycled fishing nets.
This recycled fiber has several advantages for your outdoor activities: it is lightweight, robust and dries very quickly. This way you not only protect the environment, but also increase the performance of your apparel.
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