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Recycled Fishing Gear for the Future

What's old is new again

Recycled products are finding their way throughout the fishing industry, from clothing to sunglasses and more. Jon Whittle

One of the hottest new trends is the rapidly expanding use of recycled material for a wide variety of products. Your next pair of fishing shorts, shirts, sunglasses or other gear could very well contain repurposed material from water bottles, fishing nets or any number of other sources. What’s old is new again.

AFTCO Rescue Hoodie

AFTCO Rescue Hoodie
AFTCO Rescue Hoodie Jon Whittle

Stay protected from the sun and the weather in comfort with the Rescue hoodie, which utilizes quick-drying and ­moisture-wicking recycled and regenerated fabrics to provide UPF 50 sun protection. Zippered hand pockets provide additional security in any condition, and the stain-resistant coating means it stays looking good season after season. aftco.com

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Costa High-Grade Trucker Hat

Costa High-Grade Trucker Hat
Costa High-Grade Trucker Hat Jon Whittle

With a bill made from recycled water bottles and mesh to keep you cool on those hot days in the cockpit, this hat has a regular fit with adjustable closure and gray chambray front trucker styling, while also helping to repurpose single-use plastics. costadelmar.com

BajÍo Caballo Sunglasses

BajÍo Caballo Sunglasses
BajÍo Caballo Sunglasses Jon Whittle

With frames made from a bio-based nylon material, plus recycled paper and cardboard packaging materials, the Caballo is a top seller. It has grippy, pliable contact points, plus a proprietary polarizing lens technology. The black matte frame and blue mirror lens is shown; it’s also available in gloss tortoiseshell and vintage matte frame styles. bajiosunglasses.com

Costa Santiago Sunglasses

Costa Santiago Sunglasses
Costa Santiago Sunglasses Jon Whittle

Using 97 percent recycled fishing nets in the construction of the frames, the Untangled collection from Costa is leading the way forward in polarized sunglasses. The Santiago has hooding and side shields to help keep your eyes free from light, while Hydrolite rubber grips are designed to keep you fishing in any weather. costadelmar.com

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Pelagic Repreve Shorts

Pelagic Repreve Shorts
Pelagic Repreve Shorts Jon Whittle

Using fabrics that are spun from recycled plastic bottles, the Repreve line of eco-friendly fishing shorts helps eliminate plastic waste from our waters and beaches. The tough, durable fabric is stain- and water-repellent as well; the Americamo pattern shown is new for 2022. pelagicgear.com

Grundens Sidereal Shorts

Grundens Sidereal Shorts
Grundens Sidereal Shorts Jon Whittle

Part of the company’s new Net Sourced collection and with the goal of recycling fishing nets into useful apparel, the Sidereal shorts are packed with fishing features. They are quick-drying and utilize a zipper fly with button-front closure, with front pockets and a single SuperFabric-lined tool pocket and single back pocket with drainage. grundens.com

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Salt Life Expedition Shorts

Salt Life Expedition Shorts
Salt Life Expedition Shorts Jon Whittle

Constructed using 92 percent recycled polyester, these are the ultimate performance utility shorts. A side welt Cordura-lined tool pocket, angled front and two back pockets with drain holes, an interior drawcord, and belt loops make them perfect for nearly any angling pursuit. saltlife.com

AFTCO Rescue Shorts

AFTCO Rescue Shorts
AFTCO Rescue Shorts Jon Whittle

Part of an all-new collection of fishing clothing made from Econyl regenerated nylon, the Rescue fishing shorts have ­four-way stretch, a stain-resistant base, a reinforced pocket for pliers or a release knife, and a vertical zip pocket. The fabric is spun from ocean and landfill waste, including decommissioned fishing nets, industrial plastics and fabric scraps. aftco.com

This article originally appeared in the April/May issue of Marlin.

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