OBJECT CARPET x Healthy Homes Initiative

Published: 06 Mar 2019
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OBJECT CARPET is a pioneering enterprise that enables design visions to become reality, using innovative production techniques, healthy low-emission materials and sustainable manufacturing methods. The company recently became a partner of the Healthy Seas initiative. Healthy Seas recovers discarded fishing nets from the seas which are then regenerated by Aquafil into the high-quality ECONYL® yarn used for the production of brand-new products.

Many plans are in store to promote this new cooperation between OBJECT CARPET and Healthy Seas aiming at raising awareness among architects and interior designers about sustainable material solutions.

Sustainability and health being among OBJECT CARPET’s most important concerns, already 60% of the company’s products are made from ECONYL® regenerated nylon. “Producing long-lasting and sustainable carpets with a very good life-cycle balance is a continuous, natural process for us. Sustainability has always been anchored in our corporate DNA. With Healthy Seas, we aim to promote the transition to a sustainable society and close the material cycle.” ~ OBJECT CARPET Managing Director, Daniel Butz.

Healthy Seas was founded by a non-profit organization (Ghost Fishing) and two sustainable enterprises (Aquafil and Star Sock). Today, many other companies have joined the initiative.

Since its launch in 2013, Healthy Seas has collected 453 tons of waste nets from the seas and from land, in cooperation with divers and fishermen. That is the equivalent in weight of 3 blue whales! The nets recovered from the seas, sometimes called “ghost nets”, would otherwise remain in the marine ecosystem for hundreds of years entangling and killing many marine animals including whales, turtles and birds.

Thanks to the ECONYL® Regeneration System, the nylon in the fishing nets is regenerated into high-quality yarn which is then turned into brand new sustainable products. According to a joint report by the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), an estimated 640,000 tons of fishing gear are left in our oceans each year, accounting for one-tenth of all marine litter.

Healthy Seas is an open initiative and welcomes new partners on board who are committed to circular economy, sustainability and marine protection.