Juan Parés, from La Santanderina Group, is showcasing the way in which his textile group – La Santanderina – fights against the tidal wave of plastic which is spreading across the ocean in a seemingly unstoppable manner.  

January 30, 2019

Santanderina Group is one of the most powerful textile companies in our country. Based in Cantabria, it has made innovation aimed at conservation into one of the engines driving its competitiveness.

One of the projects that best reflects its commitment to our planet is known as Secqual. It is a start-up created together with Ecoalf and Antex to recycle the plastic that fisherman collect from the sea and transform it into fabrics for the industry.

The plastic needs to be collected and sorted before it can be used. But the fact is that the garments are all for normal use. Every kilogram of marine waste is transformed into a kilogram of textile material. It’s incredible. ‘It’s not the plastic that’s the problem; – according to Parés – it’s the way we use it’.

The second project in which they are involved is in cutting emissions: Each time we do the laundry we produce 1600 microfilaments, a material that cannot be prevented from reaching the sea. Microfilaments are extremely harmful because fish eat them and so they enter the food chain.

For all of these reasons, La Santanderina works with the producers of raw materials, washing machines, and soaps, encouraging them all to establish a chain that can control the emission of these microfilaments.

His message: ‘There is no future without the present. We have to focus on how we interact with nature’. This requires respect, behaviour, habits, and training. Sustainability will save the planet. We must find the way to make this appear on our profit and loss account’.


An example to follow..