A company that faces plastic pollution and turns it into a green business

Net-Works® is an innovative and multidisciplinary initiative designed to combat the growing environmental problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities. At the same time, it is compatible with Interface’s sustainability objectives to obtain recycled content for our modular carpet and also aligns with the Live Zero pillar in the Interface Climate Take BackTM mission.

Interface collaborates with the Zoological Society of London to buy discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest communities. The nets are recycled in new thread for our carpets through Aquafil. The benefits? Less ghost networks, less virgin materials and a new source of income for communities. This collaboration has created an inclusive business model with positive results for all involved. The program began in the Philippines and expanded to Cameroon in 2015.

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The Net-Works program demonstrates that innovation together can create positive and sustainable change.

With the Net-Works® program, Interface have shown that companies can contribute positively to society while earning profits.

Net-Works helps residents of the impoverished fishing villages of the Philippines and Cameroon to collect, process and sell discarded fishing nets (a threat to marine life) in a global supply chain.

This benefits local communities and opens up new sources of recycled nylon for them to use in their manufacturing. The result: those destructive and broken networks get a second life as beautiful and durable carpet tiles.

Interface carpet tiles made from recycled net nylon.

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