NetPlus® Recycled Fishing Nets
NetPlus® is made from 100% recycled discarded fishing nets collected in fishing communities in South America.
The world’s oceans are choking in plastic. Globally, 8.8 million tons of plastic enter oceans every year. Discarded derelict fishing nets in the marine environment are one of the most harmful forms of plastic pollution. Scientists estimate that more than 650,000 marine animals are killed or seriously injured every year after being trapped in fishing gear.
Lacking an alternative—and with few end-of-life solutions available—most worn-out fishing nets are discarded. Bureo’s NetPlus® material is made entirely from old, frayed and torn fishing nets collected in fishing communities in South America. Nets are sorted, cleaned and shredded in Chile, then recycled into NetPlus–made from 100% fully traceable postconsumer materials. NetPlus is integrated into supply chains as a responsible alternative to virgin plastics, reducing companies’ dependence on the extraction of fossil fuels for new plastic production.
Bureo collaborates with fishing communities to keep hundreds of tons of discarded nets out of the ocean each year. Through this project, Bureo provides responsible end-of-life solutions for derelict fishing nets and provides supplemental income to partnering coastal communities.
For Plastic-Free Oceans
Where We Are
For the past five years, we’ve 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 in sustainable Jenga® games.
By turning fishing nets into hat brims, we help to keep more than 35 tons of waste plastic out of the world’s oceans this year.
In developing NetPlus materials with Bureo, we have supported the collection and recycling of over 400+ tons of discarded fishing nets to date -- which we will continue to incorporate into an expanded list of Patagonia products over the next few years.