Empty the oceans of plastic – one piece of clothing at a time


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?*

This is a scary thought and something we would like to help turn around. Therefore, DILLING’s new UV-protective clothing range is made from ECONYL, which is produced using discarded plastic, such as old fishing nets from the sea.


Empty the oceans of plastic – one piece of clothing at a time



WHY FISHING NETS ARE A PROBLEM

According to a report from FAO and UNEP**, there is about 640,000 tons of abandoned fishing gear in the world’s oceans. That is a lot! One of the biggest culprits is abandoned fishing nets, or ‘ghost nets’.

The reason these abandoned nets are called ‘ghost nets’, is because they keep catching fish and other sea animals, but nobody comes to empty them. as fishing nets are frequently made from plastic, they remain at the bottom of the ocean for many years, where they harm both the environment and the sea life.


HELP IS ON THE WAY

Fortunately, the problem of abandoned fishing nets in the ocean has been brought to our attention. Therefore, there are now several networks around the world that dive to the bottom of the sea and retrieve these nets. There are groups of volunteers in Europe who want to help, but there are also local communities in Asia who are making a living out of this. One of these charities is Aquafil, which is behind the brand ECONYL.


FROM FISHING NETS TO UV-PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

So, what does this all have to do with DILLING? All of the fishing nets Aquafil collect from the bottom of the ocean undergone a specialised process that mixes the nets with other nylon waste, turning it into regenerate nylon yarn. This yarn is called ECONYL and we have used it in our new collection of UV-protective clothing for the entire family. Therefore, when you buy our UV-protective clothing, you are helping remove plastic from the bottom of the ocean and from landfill, one piece of clothing at a time.

Furthermore, the UV protection is achieved without using any harsh chemicals, instead, the tight knitting technique protects against the sun’s harmful rays. Therefore, our new UV-protective clothing is a perfect, sustainable choice for your summer holiday.