NetPlus® material is made from 100% recycled discarded fishing nets collected in fishing communities in South America.
Discarded fishing nets are considered among the most harmful forms of marine plastic pollution, killing or seriously injuring an estimated 650,000 marine animals each year. While some of these fishing nets are lost to accidents, many are dumped in the ocean once they become unuseable as they currently lack any 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 fishing communities 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.