Since 2017, Diopas S.A., with special sensitivity to the environment, collects the old nets from the Greek seas and sends them to facilities in Greece and abroad for recycling. These nets are recycled and with a special treatment new material is produced, from which products such as clothes, furniture, jars, etc. are created.
Until today, the company Diopas SA has sent 28 tons of recycling nets and continues.
The goal of Diopas S.A. company is not only to recycle, but also to reduce marine pollution that is caused by fishermen’s and fish farmer’s abandoned fishing gears.
One of the companies that Diopas S.A. collaborates with and sends the nets for recycling is Healthy Seas, a non-profit organization with great environmental work in Greece and Europe. In particular, Healthy Seas is an environmental non-profit organization founded in 2013 to tackle ghost fishing, a phenomenon responsible for the pointless killing of millions of marine animals. It operates in many European countries, including Greece, implementing actions with specially trained volunteer divers to clean the seas, as well as with the fishing community in order to avoid waste. Healthy Seas ensures that the assembled nets become part of the circular economy. Nylon is recycled along with other nylon waste into ECONYL® yarn, the basis for new products, while other types of plastic nets are also reused. Based on the principles of sustainability, Healthy Seas works to create positive and long-term impacts on the marine environment and society through training and awareness-raising programs.