From Airflo and Terracycle:
Airflo, a leader in making fly lines, leaders and tippet is partnering with TerraCycle, an innovative recycling company specializing in hard-to-recycle materials to announce the upcoming Airflo Free Fly Line Recycling Program. Beginning in early 2023, Airflo will invite consumers to drop off any brand of otherwise unrecyclable plastic-based fly fishing and fishing lines and spools at any participating independent retailer for free recycling.
“Airflo and Mayfly Outdoors (Certified B Corp) are committed to providing the best fly lines, leaders, and tippet while protecting our natural environment through more sustainable solutions and reducing waste,” said Jeff Wagner, President of Mayfly Outdoors and Airflo fly lines. “This presents one of our top priorities and commitments to our dedicated customers that share in this passion. Working together with fly shops and customers we can reduce our footprint and impact. This program combined with solar energy production (coming in 2023), non-PVC lines, and giving back to conservation partners are a few ways we will continue to show this support.”
The Airflo Free Fly Line Recycling Program aims to simultaneously provide a convenient recycling solution for items that do not belong in curbside recycling bins while measurably reducing contamination levels in local waterways. According to the World Wildlife Fund, between 500,000 to 1 million tons of fishing gear are discarded or lost in the ocean yearly. Discarded nets, lines, and ropes make up about 46% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
“At TerraCycle, our goal is to ‘Eliminate the Idea of Waste’ on and off the land,” said Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle. “Through our partnership with Airflo, we are providing consumers a free and easy way to responsibly recycle their waste and enjoy a favorite pastime.”
The Airflo Free Fly Line Recycling Program is in addition to other proactive sustainability measures implemented by the brand, including designing water contamination-causing plasticizers out of their fly lines. While the majority of fly lines are made with PVC — a naturally rigid plastic that requires plasticizer additives to increase plasticity — Airflo fly lines are made from Polyurethane, an inert material that requires no plasticizers and lasts far longer than PVC.
The Airflo Free Fly Line Recycling Program will be open to any interested individual, school, office, or community organization. For more information on TerraCycle’s recycling programs, visit http://www.terracycle.com.
Airflo is the world leader in innovative fly fishing line solutions. Producing lines in the UK and selling non-PVC fly lines since 1984 in over 20 countries. We seek to grow our efforts to improve the lives of our employees while producing the best fly fishing lines that have the least amount of impact on our natural world. Airflo gives back to multiple conservation organizations and is part of Mayfly Outdoors, a certified B Corp, located in Montrose, CO. To learn more about Airflo please visit https://airflousa.com/. To learn more about Mayfly Outdoors please visit https://mayflyoutdoors.com/.
TerraCycle is an international leader in innovative sustainability solutions, creating and operating first-of-their-kind platforms in recycling, recycled materials, and reuse. Across 21 countries, TerraCycle is on a mission to rethink waste and develop practical solutions for today’s complex waste challenges. The company engages an expansive multi-stakeholder community across a wide range of accessible programs, from Fortune 500 companies to schools and individuals, and has raised over $44 million for schools and nonprofits since its founding more than 15 years ago. To learn more about TerraCycle and join them on their journey to move the world from a linear economy to a circular one, please visit www.terracycle.com.