Healthy Seas Socks
A journey from waste to wear- that’s what the Healthy Seas initiative stands for. Cleaning the seas from marine litter, collecting used nets making sure they become a valuable source again. Healthy Seas Socks uses these waste nets to create fancy looking socks. Read their story and find out in what way you can contribute to a healthy ocean while keeping your feet nice and warm this winter.
What inspired you to start Healthy Seas Socks?
It is estimated that each year around 640.000 tons of fishing gear is lost or abandoned in the ocean. These so-called ghost nets harm millions of marine animals. With Healthy Seas Socks we wanted to provide an everyday solution for this issue. By recovering the ghost nets and transforming it into regenerated ECONYL nylon yarn, the coral has a chance to flourish again, marine animals won’t get stuck in the nets and a part of the plastic soup is removed from the ocean.
In what way do your socks contribute to a better planet?
With Healthy Seas Socks on your feet you are contributing to, you guessed it, healthier seas. By wearing socks partially made of old fishing nets, you clean up a part of the ocean so that marine life can thrive again. In addition, we donate part of our profit to the Healthy Seas initiative on a yearly basis so that the mission doesn’t end prematurely. When buying Healthy Seas Socks you know that those specific socks cleaned up a part of the ocean, but with your purchase you’re also contributing to future ghost net recoveries. Besides recovering ghost nets, the Healthy Seas initiative works preventatively by setting up a point system in the fishing industry to stimulate fishermen to dispose their fishing nets properly and by sharing knowledge through educational programs.
Healthy Seas Socks also contributes to a better planet by being a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. Caring for the planet, means caring for the people on it. As a Fair Wear member that is exactly what we intend to do by providing comfortable working conditions and a fair pay for our manufacturers around the world. Additionally, we always try to choose the sustainable option: 100% GOTS certified organic cotton rather than regular cotton, packaging made from agricultural waste rather than single use plastics, unbleached paper for our labels and the list goes on.
What’s your mission?
To provide an everyday solution to the issue of harmful ghost nets to create healthier and cleaner oceans together.
What are you most proud of so far?
We are most proud of our relationship with the Healthy Seas initiative. Healthy Seas Socks was there from the very beginning and has continued to develop a meaningful relationship with the initiative. In fact, the company that created the Healthy Seas Socks brand is also one of the three founders of the Healthy Seas initiative. We are very proud that we have been able to help the initiative grow with our yearly donations from the very beginning, and we hope to continue to do so for many more years to come.
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