That is something of a scary thought, and a trend we very much want to help turn around. Therefore, DILLING’s new collection of UV-protective clothing is made from ECONYL®, which is produced from discarded plastic, such as old fishing nets.
Did you know that if we all keep doing what we are doing, there will be more plastic in the oceans by the year 2050 than fish?*
WHY FISHING NETS ARE A PROBLEMThere is about 640,000 tons of abandoned fishing gear in the world’s oceans, according to a report from FAO and UNEP**. That is quite a lot! One of the big culprits is abandoned fishing nets, so-called ’ghost nets’.
The reason why the abandoned fishing nets are called ’ghost nets’, is that they keep catching fish and other marine animals, although nobody comes to empty them. Since fishing nets are often made from plastic, they can remain at the bottom of the see for many years, where they can harm both the environment and animal life.
HELP IS ON THE WAYFortunately, the problem with abandoned fishing nets in the oceans has been brought into focus. Therefore, there are now several networks around the world that dive to the bottom of the see and bring up these nets. There are groups of volunteers in Europe who just want to help, but there are also local communities in Asia, which, with outside help, are making a living out of this. One of these helpers is Aquafil, which is behind the brand ECONYL®.
FROM FISHING NETS TO UV-PROTECTIVE CLOTHINGSo, what does all this have to do with DILLING? Well, all the fishing nets picked up from the bottom of the ocean by Aquafil are used by the company in a specialized process of mixing it with other waste nylon and turning it into regenerated nylon yarn. This yarn is called ECONYL®, and we have used it in our new series of UV-protective clothing for the whole family. Thus, when you buy our UV-protective clothing, you contribute to removing plastic from the bottom of the sea and from the landfill – one piece of clothing at a time.
Furthermore, UV protection is achieved without using harsh chemistry, since it is the tight knitting technique that protects against the harmful rays of the sun. Thus, this new series of UV-protective clothing is a good choice for sustainable swimwear for your summer vacation.