Tornos News — Clothes made of recycled ‘ghost’ fishing nets will be on show at the CretAquarium in Crete, one of the biggest and most modern aquariums in Europe, until September.
The “Healthy Seas Fashion Project” is held with the support of the European Commission’s representation office in Greece to celebrate one year of successful action by the environmental organisation MEDASSET to protect sea life in Greece.
The discarded ‘ghost’ fishing nets that litter the seabed, presenting a deadly danger to sea animals like turtles, dolphins and seals, are taken and recycled to make a high-quality yarn known as ‘ECONYL®’. Students and graduates of a fashion school then used fabric made of this thread to create stylish, eco-friendly clothes.
The visitors of the Aquarium can also admire more than 200 species of animals populating the Mediterranean Sea in the 60 aquariums and watch a film showing the procedure of the making of the “Fashion Project”. Underwater captions record the great destruction that invisible ‘ghost’ fishing nets inflict on sea life.
The “Healthy Seas: A Journey from Waste to Wear” Fashion Project is supported by the United Nations (UNEP/ MAP), the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises and the UNESCO, as also by the enterprises ASAP Athens, Kosmocar, ANEK Lines and Blue Star Ferries.
CretAquarium is at the area of the former American Base in Gournes, 14km from Heraklion and the International Airport Nikos Kazantzakis. It is easily accessible and the national road connects it with the most important destinations of the area.
NB — There is no information about the “Healthy Seas Fashion Project” on the site but a call to the Aquarium confirmed the exhibition is on.