Carpet tiles manufacturer Desso has joined ‘Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear’. The initiative aims to remove waste, in particular fishing nets to create healthier seas and by recycling marine litter into ECONYL yarn used for new Desso carpets.
Desso has also worked with one of its key suppliers Aquafil, which developed the capability to recycle old Polyamide 6 yarn from used carpets and fish nets into new material known as ECONYL.
Today, over 90 percent of Desso’s commercial carpet tile collection is Cradle to Cradle certified and over 50 percent of Desso’s carpet tiles contain up to 100 percent ECONYL yarn.
Since 2008, Desso has followed Cradle to Cradle principles, ensuring the materials used are as healthy as possible as well as being safely recyclable. According to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), there are approximately 640,000 tons of abandoned fishing nets in the oceans, accounting for one-tenth of all marine litter.