A strong commitment: cleaning waste from the oceans, including residue
The company Seaqual 4U attracted huge interest when it was set up in 2016. Using the brand name SEAQUAL™ it announced the very first sales of fibres created by upcycling plastic waste which collects at the bottom of the sea and is then fished out by 400 partner fishing boats. For every kilo of fibre produced, a kilo of waste is removed from the sea. The scale of the challenge is enormous: an estimated eight million tons of rubbish are dumped in the oceans every year. 80% of this waste sinks to the sea floor.
SEAQUAL 4U has developed an ethical supply chain from the fishing boats to the consumers by involving all the different stakeholders within the textile industry (spinning, fabrics and brands) to encourage the clean-up of marine waste and the creation of ecologically sound yarns, fibres and fabrics.
Yarns can be blended with natural fibres or used in pure (100%) versions, either greige or yarn-dyed.
They meet the requirements of ready-to-wear, sportswear, denim and even swimwear.
Although the SEAQUAL™ fibre offers identical properties and qualities to fibres created using new polyester fibre, its environmental footprint is incomparable. It plays an active role in cleaning up the ocean depths and allows for a 40% reduction in water consumption, energy savings of 50% and reduces carbon emissions by 60%.
A number of fabric producers, including TEXTIL SANTANDERINA (Spain), A.SAMPAIO E FILHOS TEXTEIS (Portugal), SOFILETA (France), GENEROS DE PUNTO FABRES (Spain), FIERATEX (Greece) and GIPITEX (Italy), have joined the movement and are making the most of the aesthetic qualities as well as the ecological properties of the SEAQUAL™ fibre.
SEAQUAL™ second-skin knits by SOFILETA are designed for the swimwear and sportswear markets. Prints dominate a range of SEAQUAL™ knits from GENEROS DE PUNTO FABRES, with floral themes for fashion and swimwear. FIERATEX has combined SEAQUAL™ with cellulose fibres for dense knits with a voluptuous hand-feel for the apparel market. Extremely luxurious with a couture spirit, SEAQUAL™ jacquards are available from the Italian GIPITEX this season.