Cana­dian com­pany Ax­iom Cy­cling Gear’s en­tire line of cy­cling bags is to be man­u­fac­tured from its pro­pri­etary fab­ric, Ocean­weave, which is made from 100% re­cy­cled fish­ing nets.

Brand man­ager An­drew Bel­son was moved to act when his son be­gan cry­ing after watch­ing a doc­u­men­tary about tur­tles be­com­ing trapped in dis­carded nets.

This sem­i­nal mo­ment led to the re­search and de­sign be­hind the cre­ation of Ocean­weave, which was ini­tially used in Ax­iom’s line of com­muter bags be­fore be­ing adopted for its com­plete range of in­no­va­tive cy­cling ac­ces­sories.

The firm, which is based near Van­cou­ver in Bri­tish Columbia, es­ti­mates that for ev­ery 1000 tonnes of Ocean­weave fab­ric pro­duced, up to 1100 tonnes of nets will be elim­i­nated after hav­ing been re­moved from the ocean.

That same 1000 tonnes will have saved an es­ti­mated 7000 bar­rels of oil, and avoided 4100 tonnes of need­less CO2 emis­sions.

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