Protecting the ocean with Healthy Seas
The world’s seas and oceans play a major role in sustaining life on Earth, but they are constantly threatened. A joint report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the United Nations Environment Programme estimates that more than 580 million kilogrammes of fishing gear are discarded in the ocean annually, accounting for one-tenth of all marine litter. Hyundai has chosen to partner with Healthy Seas because the Dutch organisation strives to combat this issue.
Healthy Seas’ activities are threefold. Firstly, they work with teams of volunteer divers from the charity organisation Ghost Diving to recover abandoned fishing nets, known as ‘ghost nets’, from coral reefs and shipwrecks. These fragile ecosystems are underwater hotspots for marine biodiversity. By removing marine debris and ocean plastic, Healthy Seas ensures the survival of a healthy underwater ecosystem for a sustainable future.
Healthy Seas also organises educational programmes at local schools to teach children the importance of keeping the world’s oceans clean. In hopes of preventing more ocean pollution, younger generations learn about the negative effects it can have on marine and human life.
Finally, Healthy Seas collaborates with fishermen, fish farms, and local communities to prevent fishing nets from ending up in landfills or the environment. Together, they work on solutions to dispose of the nets responsibly.
Working with a network of partners, Healthy Seas ensures plastic waste is recycled into new materials in a circular economy. Reclaimed fishing nets and other nylon waste can become ECONYL®, a regenerated nylon yarn that can, in turn, be used to make new products.