Ecoalf have announced a three-year commitment to replicate the project in the southeast of Thailand

Ecoalf have announced a three-year commitment to replicate the project in the southeast of Thailand

Spanish sustainable fashion brand Ecoalf, whose fabrics are made from recycled materials such as discarded fishing nests and marine plastic litter, is expanding its Upcycling the Oceans project into Thailand.

Earlier this week, the company entered into a three-year commitment alongside the Thai government and PTT Global Chemical to replicate the project in the southeast of the country.

Currently, Upcycling the Oceans sees Spanish fishing boats in the Mediterranean collect deep sea plastic waste alongside their daily catch, which is then upcycled and used to produce apparel. The waste is transported once a week to Ecoalf's recycling plant where it is cleaned and converted into PET chips and pellets, which are in turn spun to create yarn.

According to Madrid-based Ecoalf, 60% of the 8m tonnes of refuse which end up in the oceans each year, comes from a range of Asian countries.

The project operates under the banner, "because there is no planet B" and says its main aim is to "change the way we interact with nature and find solutions that ensure our planet's life expectancy".

Last month Ecoalf, which was founded in 2009 by Javier Goyeneche, took part in the third Our Ocean Conference (OOC) in Washington.

Spanish marine waste project makes fashionable progress