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From Fishing Nets to Carpet Tiles

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From Fishing Nets to Carpet Tiles

a journey from waste to wear


The problem


The issue of marine waste is vast. According to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), a staggering 640,000 tons of discarded fishing gear is left in our oceans each year, accounting for one-tenth of all marine litter. These discarded nets can remain in the sea for centuries continuing to catch or injure marine life such as fish, dolphins, turtles and marine birds (known as ghost fishing).


The solution


In 2013 Healthy Seas was set up by three founders – one NGO (The ECNC Group) and two enterprises (Aquafil Group & Star Sock) – that have joined forces to protect our seas, by bringing together many different stakeholders: divers, fisheries, NGOs, governments, communities as well as salvage, recycling and production companies. Healthy Seas takes action in many different ways: raising public awareness, helping prevent marine littering, diving for abandoned fishnets and collaborating with fishermen and harbours in order to collect their spent fishnets into dedicated areas inside the harbours.



nylon 6: Fishing nets can be made of many different materials but nylon 6 is the only material used in fishing net production that can be recycled and regenerated. Healthy Seas encourages fish farmers to use only nylon 6 fishing nets, so that they can be regenerated after their useful life. Three pilot regions: Healthy Seas has started recovering ghost nets from the North, the Adriatic and the Mediterranean Sea. These areas are heavily fished and hold many shipwrecks where waste fishing nets tend to accumulate. These pilot regions were chosen because they represent the geographical and ecological conditions of other European seas and can give vital experience for future projects.


modulyss joins Healthy Seas


As modulyss also uses nylon 6 (PA 6) to manufacture its carpet tiles, it was a natural decision to join Healthy Seas as an associate partner member. Pairing the ECONYL® 100% regenerated (PA 6) yarns with a recycled primary and secondary backing, modulyss takes its responsibility to the environment very seriously and is now taking it a step further by joining Healthy Seas. As part of the sustainable mission to reduce the Life Cycle Impact of each product, modulyss is convinced that its contribution will be very valuable in improving the fishing net recovery activities and prevention projects that are currently developed in various harbours areas around Europe.



From Fishing Nets to Carpet Tiles


modulyss was the first European manufacturer to use ECONYL yarn. In 2016 alone modulyss have produced 530,000m2 of eco carpet tile ranges.


View the handcraft collection, made with Econyl.




The modulyss eco-collections offer a wide variety of trend-defining contemporary designs as well as real evergreens with a proven track record. Available in a huge array of colours, the eco-collections can be combined and coordinated to suit any style of interior design.


Alternative100, Eco100 C, Pure Air100, Reverse100, Moss, Leaf, Willow, Grind,
as well as these ranges coming soon: Txture, Mxture and Millennium Nxtgen.