Patagonia have teamed up with Bureo to give a new life to discarded fishing nets.
Since the introduction of plastic fishing nets, they have become one of the biggest and most harmful forms of plastic pollution in our oceans. To reduce the presence of this pollutant in our oceans, Patagonia and Bureo have developed NetPlus, a traceable 100% recycled plastic material that Patagonia is now using for the brim stiffeners in their hats.
The plastic is made directly from damaged fishing nets collected in fishing communities in Southern America. The scheme not only helps clean up our oceans but also benefits poor fishing communities by paying them for something they would have otherwise discarded.
So far, the concept has repurposed 71,000 pounds of fishing waste from the ocean while also giving local fishermen in poor communities an additional source of income.