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The sustainable product that comes from the bottom of the sea

16 of November of 2018

New garments are made from the plastic of the oceans. The new fabric of A. Sampaio & Filhos proves that the Circular Economy is not only the future, it is already the present of the textile industry.

More than sustainable, the new project of A.Sampaio & Filhos is a purely circular economy. It is in the garbage from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea that the company finds the raw material to produce the Baselayer Seaqual mesh, which is already beginning to be applied in the clothing industry.

With this new product the company located in Santo Tirso - Portugal presents not only a new alternative to the market, but also contributes to the cleaning of the oceans. The flow of waste into the bottom of the oceans is a growing concern for environmentalists. It is estimated that 8 million tonnes of waste are dumped annually and that about 75% of this waste is deposited in the bottom.

A.Sampaio´s proposal is to recycle this garbage and transform it into new garments. Each pound of Seaqual filament corresponds to one pound of plastic that was deposited at the bottom of the sea. The waste is gathered by Spanish fishermen and then the filament is developed abroad, until it can be integrated into A.Sampaio´s meshes. The company ensures that the entire supply process is controlled.

Miguel Mendes, commercial manager of A.Sampaio & Filhos, says that sustainability has been a concern of the company for several years. When they became aware of this new technology, they decided to incorporate it and start producing parts with this filament. "Baselayer stands out because it has the highest percentage of filaments, 40% of seaqual polyester and 60% of organic cotton, but we also develop solutions tailored to the customer," he explains.

At a time when the circular economy is affirming itself as a trend of the future, and as more and more consumers demonstrate environmental concerns, it is no wonder that this solution is rapidly gaining momentum. "It has had a lot of acceptance, especially for outdoor brands, which are more open to this idea, but also in sports clothing such as crossfit, for example," explains Miguel Mendes.

Decided to invest in the circular economy, the portuguese company, which currently employs around 200 people, promises to continue to invest in new sustainable solutions and claims to have more sustainable mesh projects to present in the market.

Source: Jornal T