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Earth Is Now Our Only Shareholder

If we have any hope of a thriving planet—much less a business—it is going to take all of us doing what we can with the resources we have. This is what we can do.

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NetPlus® Recycled Fishing Nets

NetPlus® material is made from 100% recycled discarded fishing nets collected from fishing communities in South America.

Why

The ocean is choking in plastic. Globally, 8.8 million tons of mismanaged plastic fills our waters 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

Using recycled raw materials from discarded fishing nets utilizes existing waste, reduces the need for virgin plastic and prevents harmful plastic pollution from entering the world’s oceans.
1,419

Total metric tons of discarded fishing nets we’ve helped remove from the ocean since we started using Bureo’s NetPlus material in 2021

Where We Are

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 Down Sweater jackets to Costa sunglasses and Futures surf fins—even Jenga games.

By developing NetPlus® material with Bureo, we have supported the collection and recycling of 1,419 metric tons of discarded fishing net s and kept that plastic out of the ocean. 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 2024 season, 267 metric tons of nets will be woven into Patagonia clothing.

What’s Next

We will continue to incorporate NetPlus into more Patagonia products over the next few years.

NetPlus® Recycled Fishing Nets
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