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  • Gavin Smith

Alsco mats made from recovered fishing nets

Alsco NZ commitment to sustainability now extends to our range of rental mats.

We are the exclusive New Zealand distributor of Milliken mats made from 100% ECONYL® Regenerated Solution Dyed Nylon.

The mat fabric is made from 50% post-industrial and 50% post-consumer recycled content, including discarded and salvaged fishing nets, used and new fabric scraps, as well as the fluff from used carpet flooring. These waste products are processed back to the core caprolactam compound, which is then extruded to form ‘new’ synthetic polymer nylon yarns that is used to make our rental mat stock.

This reduces quantities of materials sent to landfill or discarded in the oceans.

As Giulio Bonazzi, Chairman, Aquafil Group, who manufacture ECONYL said, “The target is not to send anything to landfill, and not to take anything from our planet”.

Mark Roberts, Alsco NZ Group GM elaborates, “ECONYL is a no-brainer for us, the additional upfront costs of ECONYL compared to our traditional nylon mats is not significant when considering our life cycle assessment of products. It is another step towards a circular economy to substitute non-renewable virgin nylon with nylon made of recycled waste products, that be reused again and again”.

This Healthy Seas Dive video, by our mat provider, Milliken, is a great story...

Check out the link below to learn about the great work done around the globe recovering fishing nets from oceans and beaches, and these can made into ECONYL nylon yarn.

Learn more at the ECONYL yarn website


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