Net-Works is a partnership that is enabling local residents in coastal communities to collect and sell discarded fishing nets for carpet tile production.
The Net-Works program enables fishing communities in developing countries to give discarded fishing nets a second life by selling them back into the global supply chain, providing a continuous source of recycled materials for use in carpet tile production. Local residents have so far collected more than 125 tons of discarded fishing nets that would otherwise damage the oceans.
Interface is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of carpet tiles. The Net-Works project follows Interface’s strategy to turn waste into a raw material and, using community-based supply chains that help to create local jobs. Net-Works is the latest element supporting Interface’s Mission Zero goal to source 100% recycled materials for its carpet tiles by 2020. By 2014, Interface had sourced 50% of its raw materials from recycled or bio-based materials.
Why you should care
Abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear in the oceans makes up around 10% of all marine litter. Abandoned fishing nets are the main cause of so-called ‘ghost fishing’, through which lost or discarded nets wreck coral reefs and trap and entangle fish, marine mammals and birds. By collecting the discarded nets, this partnership protects the natural environment while providing jobs for local residents.