If you spend a lot of time fishing, you may wonder how to recycle fishing line that you no longer need. I’m always on the lookout for ideas for sustainable fishing tackle, which is why I was stoked to find a unique use for an old fishing line! 

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A confession: I lose sunglasses way too often, and in Florida, sunglasses are more important than socks (and they disappear just as frequently). Although I usually buy the sunglasses used, taking better care of the things I own is another step on my sustainability journey (and well, adulting in general). 

I figured a sunglass cord was a good place to start, so I checked Ebay, and Etsy (my three big go-tos for shopping online) for sunglass cord that I liked, and was really excited when I found Flyvines on Etsy! The cords are made from 100 percent recycled fishing line! 

Based in Missoula, Montana, Flyvines can recycle fishing line by hand braiding it to make sunglass cords, bracelets, dog leashes, lanyards, key chains, and more! The line is a durable material that can withstand heavy keys or other gear. 

I bought a neon sunglass cord for $7.99 — which was around the same price (or cheaper) than a lot of the other sunglasses cords on Amazon that were shipped from overseas. The cords are attached to the glasses through a rubber connector, which was tricky to get over a wider plastic ear piece of my bamboo sunglasses. If you had aviators or other glasses with thinner ear pieces, I don’t think this would be an issue, but I had to use tweezers to get the rubber piece attached. 

It’s worth nothing that Flyvines doesn’t specifically state whether they remove line from the oceans and streams to make the products (it is just marked as used line). They do, however, accept donations if you’d like to recycle fishing line in exchange for a discount on products.

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