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The fashion industry has slowly begun growing a social conscience; it no longer only focuses on aesthetic objectives. The environmental impact of factories, the workers’ conditions, the country the products are made in and how they are created are influencing consumers more and more when they consider buying merchandise.
Two weeks ago, on the 22nd to the 24th of February, the fourth meeting of the World Ocean Summit was held in Bali, Indonesia. This is a worldwide summit that lends a critical eye to and puts into perspective the state of our oceans. The objective is to encourage innovative discussions about how we can come up with new and sustainable measures to save the sea. More than 260 world political, industrial, scientific and societal leaders attend this annual meeting.
Sea2see has embarked on a journey to help clean up the trash from the oceans, especially waste left behind by fishermen. This totally new adventure has the objective of transforming ocean plastic into the raw material used in the manufacturing of premium glasses of the highest quality and sustainability.
François Van den Abeele, CEO of Sea2see will participate at CONAMA 2016 at a round table called “Entrepreneurs and value: how to give another use to ocean trash”, it will be moderated by Ignasi Mateo from the Waste Agency of Catalonia.
As we all know, the planet’s resources are not infinite. And, as we become more aware of the damage we are creating to the environment, there’s a new model arising, one that is based on the inter-relation between sustainability and the economy. The goal of this new model is that products remain usable for the longest possible time, reducing waste generation to minimum levels.
The Ocean Cleanup, a foundation based in The Netherlands that is dedicated to developing advanced technology to extract plastic pollution from the oceans and has presented today the first results from their air expedition over the Great Pacific garbage patch, the plastic debris accumulation area located between Hawaii and California.
By the year 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. We only need to read this first line to understand what the future will be like for the sea. This true scandal was the alarm that called the attention of François van den Abeele, entrepreneur and sea lover, who decided to bet on a new circular economy project that can put an end to this issue.
The growing pollution in our oceans is not just news, it’s a growing reality in our planet. While it’s true that environmental awareness is expanding every day, actions and not words are the only thing capable of leading us to change. This was the thinking of François van den Abeele when he created Sea2See, a project focused on manufacturing sunglasses made of 100% recycled plastic, debris and fishing nets recovered from the ocean.