By Anna Griffin, Editor in Chief
It’s estimated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature that over 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year and that 14 million tons end up in our oceans, making up 80% of marine debris. This debris is negatively affecting marine species, food safety, human health, coastal tourism, and is gravely contributing to climate change.
Growing up on Vancouver Island, Mckenna Haz has always considered the ocean her home and at the age of 12, noticed the damaging effects of plastic and trash on her local coastline. Inspired to make a definitive impact and create lasting change, she combined her love of fitness, fashion, and the ocean while studying at Quinnipiac College as an NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division 1 athlete, in an intro business class. Now, at the young age of 23, Mckenna is the founder and - as she describes herself - “the beating heart” of SEAAV Athletics.
A high quality line of athleisure wear, SEAAV Athletics is sustainably produced using post-consumer water bottles made into soft recycled yarn, which diverts plastic bottles from landfills. Mckenna says, “Recycled plastic bottles are chopped, ground, washed, melted, and reformulated into high-quality chips. The chips are melted into liquid polymer that forms recycled fiber, which becomes yarn through spinning and air-jet texturing. The finished yarn goes into each one of our items. Manufacturing this way generates 79% less carbon emissions than producing virgin polyester.”