Every year, around 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear is lost or discarded in our seas and oceans. The gear traps, injures, mutilates and even kills hundreds of thousands of sea animals. Abandoned fish nets, known as 'ghost nets', are usually lost in storms, snagged on reefs or even tangled when boats operate in crowded waters.
But one organisation, the Healthy Seas Initiative, has given these nets a second life. They work with local fishermen to retrieve the nets and instead of just sending them to landfill, they partner with a textiles company who use them to produce a recycled nylon called ECONYL. This recycled material is then used to make a number of products from carpets to swimwear.
Gelareh Darabi travels to Croatia and Slovenia to meet the people going to great depths to recover and regenerate this valuable resource.
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