NetPlus® Recycled Fishing Nets

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

Why

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, derelict 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 provide a responsible alternative to virgin plastics by working directly with fishing communities in South America. Through their program, nets are sorted, cleaned and shredded in Chile, then recycled into NetPlus®, a 100% fully traceable postconsumer material. This keep 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 makes use of existing waste, reduces the need for virgin plastic, and prevents harmful plastic pollution from entering the world’s oceans.
More than 28 tons

The amount of plastic waste we’ve helped keep out of the world’s oceans by turning fishing nets into hat brims.

Where We Are

For the past five years, 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 to Costa sunglasses and Futures® surf fins—even Jenga® games.

By turning fishing nets into hat brims, we have helped to keep more than 28 tons of waste plastic out of the world’s oceans. Hat brims are only one of the ways that we can incorporate fishing nets into our products. After hard work with our supply chain partners, our material developers figured out a way to chemically recycle the fishing nets into a high-quality yarn that can be used in our garments. This Spring 2021 season, more than 1,700 pounds of nets will go into our Guidewater II fishing pants.

What’s Next

By developing NetPlus materials with Bureo, we have supported the collection and recycling of more than 400 tons of discarded fishing nets. We will continue to incorporate NetPlus material into more Patagonia products over the next few years.

NetPlus® Recycled Fishing Nets
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