Rescue + ECONYL® - AFTCO Moves to Regenerated Fabrics
AFTCO utilizes ECONYL® fabrics to create clothing made of recycled fishing nets.
ECONYL® is regenerated nylon made from new and recycled Nylon 6 waste material such as fabric scraps, decommissioned fishing nets and other waste materials. Normally, nylon has a significantly detrimental impact on the environment but utilizing ECONYL® recycled base materials can help reduce the effects utilizing less water in the manufacturing process, and ultimately generating less waste in the end.
With a history of fighting to ban harmful drift gill nets, it is only fitting for AFTCO to complete the circle and incorporate these decommissioned, wasted nets into clothing products. Moving to regenerated fabrics such as ECONYL® is a huge step in eliminating waste. Creating clothing for all extremes, from summer in Costa Rica to winter in Alaska, AFTCO clothing requires significant thought regarding design and longevity and can be difficult to include sustainable practices without losing some of the attributes of what makes the clothing efficient for whatever Mother Nature throws at us. With that being said, moving to recycled fabrics such as ECONYL® is a huge step in eliminating wasted materials, and reusing materials that may be out in the environment causing damage to the ecosystem and animals.
ECONYL® Fabrics will be used in four new products for Spring 2022 and will increase as we move towards a goal of 90% recycled fabric materials by 2025. Flagship styles like AFTCO’s Samurai and Yurei Air-o-mesh hood will start shipping in recycled alternatives starting in 2022 and more styles will be added utilizing both ECONYL® fabrics as well other recycled materials to achieve our 90% goal.
AFTCO’s recycled products are a part of a much larger pledge to reducing our brand’s environmental impact on the oceans, lakes, rivers, and land that support our fisheries. We pledge to integrate sustainable practices into our product manufacturing process, packaging materials, and internal day-to-day operations while future goals include the elimination or reduction of the use of plastics wherever possible. AFTCO's sustainability pledge represents a commitment to create fishing gear that contributes, not detracts from, the health and wellbeing of waterways and fisheries.
Taking these actions will have a positive impact on the water conditions that support fishery health. Reducing our landfill footprint ensures better water quality. Switching to recycled polyester contributes to reducing the estimated < href="https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/hazards/marinedebris/plastics-in-the-ocean.html">8 million metric tons of plastic entering our oceans. That is on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that already exists in our oceans today. Switching to recycled paper means less freshwater usage and lower carbon emissions.This is just a start, but as we seek to educate the next generation of anglers and reduce our impact, we can ensure cleaner waters and the restoration of fisheries for the future.