Did you know that 10% of marine litter consists of abandoned ghost nets? These nets kill marine wildlife and release micro plastics, polluting and profoundly damaging the sea’s biodiversity and ecosystem. Fortunately, there are a lot of entities that work to take them out from the ocean, so we want to contribute with them.
How did we start collaborating with WWF recycling ghost nets?
It all started with an email we received from WWF Germany in July 2020 to tell us about a project they are running together with Marelitt Baltic, an initiative funded by the EU in 2018 to remove ghost nets from the Baltic Sea. So, the question was what do we do with these tons and tons of waste?
Consequently, we received the ghost nets sent by WWF Germany in our warehouse, where they were processed and turned into small pellets of Netviva, a 100% recycled plastic material. Therefore, we are once again making materials from recycled fishing nets, working to leave our oceans 100% waste-free.
100% circular economy
Every year fishermen’s boats throw between 5,500 and 10,000 gillnets and trawl nets into the sea. That’s why our mission is to recycle these ghost nets to give them a new use. Therefore, this is how we generate a 100% circular economy cycle.
The circular economy is a model of production and consumption that involves reducing, reusing and recycling materials. In this way, we reduce damage to our environment and save on the use of raw materials, extending the life cycle of materials and products. By promoting the circular economy we contribute to a cleaner world. Currently, only 8.6% of the world’s economy is circular, which is a great challenge for our society. We can all contribute to being part of this type of economy.