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Recycled fishing nets

About Waterhaul

Transforming ocean plastic into purposeful products that inspire action.

Abandoned fishing gear and nets are the most common and also the most lethal forms of plastic in our ocean.

In a phenomenon known as ‘ghost fishing’, the entangled and trapped marine life will attract more species, resulting in an ongoing loop of catches. As these discarded nets are produced from plastic, they will not degrade, persisting in the ocean to catch and kill marine life indefinitely.

We founded Waterhaul as frustrated marine conservationists - every winter our beaches were inundated with ghost gear and we were finding lines and offcuts daily. Our pile of collected nets grew and grew (as did our neighbours disapproval of the smell) which motivated us towards a solution. We partnered with several mechanical recycling facilities to process various forms of end-of-life fishing gear, and produced our first pair of sunglasses in 2018.

The properties which make ghost gear such a threat in our oceans; the size and abundance of net, the quality of the high-strength polymers used, and the urgency to remove the plastic from harms way, all make fishing nets a desirable recycling resource. And as we suspected, fishing nets durable enough to last 500 years in ocean make for super-strong sunglasses frames.

We utilise the strongest form of plastic in our oceans to produce exceptionally sustainable, recycled eyewear. Eyewear that meets the technical demands of adventure, ocean-exposure and UV protection, but also act as ‘symbols of change’ for our oceans. Waterhaul sunglasses frames last you a lifetime, because they are made from nets that would last decades in the ocean.

We're passionate about combining adventure with purpose - action on the ocean, for the oceans. Our eyewear is designed to meet the demands of this environment and enhance your experience whilst symbolising and hopefully inspiring marine conservation. Share our ethos? We'd love to hear from you if so!

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  • " I bought a pair of Waterhaul sunglasses for my partner and she absolutely loved them. When she learn't that they were made from recycled fishing nets I think she fell in love with them just that little bit more. We were both really pleased with the quality of the sunglasses, they are really well made and feel like they are going to last a long time. Infact, I liked them so much, I've since bought a pair for myself too!"
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    Jon M.

  • "I was introduced to these sunglasses by a fiend who had purchased a pair a few months earlier. When I asked her about them she had nothing but good things to say. They way they are made from ghost nets is remarkable, they fit my face perfectly and no compromise has been made on quality at any point. The lifetime warranty on the frames is also most reassuring and I'm really pleased with my purchase."
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    Sarah H.

  • "It took a lot of online research for me to finally decide on Waterhaul sunglasses. I really love the ethos of the company, the fact that purchasing my sunglasses gave me a warm fuzzy feeling that I wasn't adding to the plastic problem, I was actively participating in recycling nets that would otherwise still be floating around in the oceans harming wildlife. Delivery was really quick and they are great quality."
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    Hannah C.

  • "I've owned a fair few pairs of sunglasses over the years and the Harlyn Aqua ones I currently own are right up there amongst my favourite. I absolutely love the colour, they are well made and I have high hopes that Waterhaul will continue to innovate and look after our oceans."
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    Mary S.


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