NetPlus® Recycled Fishing Nets
NetPlus® material is made from 100% recycled discarded fishing nets collected from fishing communities in South America.
The world’s oceans are choking in plastic. Globally, 8.8 million tons of mismanaged plastic enter oceans every year, most of it single-use. Discarded fishing nets in the marine environment are one of the most harmful forms of plastic pollution—scientists estimate more than 650,000 marine animals are killed or seriously injured every year after being trapped in fishing gear.
Old, frayed and torn fishing nets are discarded partly because of a lack of end-of-life solutions. Bureo®, a company based in California, is trying to fix this and to provide a responsible alternative to virgin plastics by working directly with local fishers in South America. Through their program, nets are sorted, cleaned and shredded in Chile and then recycled into NetPlus, a 100% fully traceable postconsumer material. This program keeps hundreds of tons of discarded nets out of the ocean each year and provides supplemental income to coastal communities.
For Plastic-Free Oceans
Since 2014, Patagonia has supported Bureo’s development of NetPlus through Tin Shed Ventures®, Patagonia’s venture capital fund. Today, NetPlus is used in a range of products from Patagonia's hat brims and jackets to Costa sunglasses and Futures surf fins—even Jenga games.
By turning fishing nets into hat brims and fabric, we have helped divert more than 935 metric tons of plastic waste into durable products. While hat brims were fairly straightforward, our material developers had to work closely with our supply-chain partners to figure out a way to chemically transform the plastic in the fishing nets into a high-quality yarn that can be used in our garments, too. Now we have. This Spring 2023 season, 37 metric tons of nets will be woven into Patagonia clothing.
By developing NetPlus® material with Bureo, we have supported the collection and recycling of more than 1,600 metric tons of discarded fishing nets and kept that plastic out of the world’s oceans.