Interface looks to waste nets for nylon
Flooring giant Interface is to launch carpet tiles made from discarded fishing nets washed up in the Philippines as it looks to clean up the Pacific Ocean and find new sources of nylon.
The company will build on a trial it launched last June with the Zoological Society of London that aims to create a closed loop resource chain for the manufacture of carpet tiles.
Working with four local communities near the coral reef of Danajon Bank in the Philippines, 1,000kg of discarded fishing nets were collected in just a month.
As well as creating litter, the disused fishing nets can still catch catch fish or smother and damage other habitats such as oyster beds if they are left floating in the sea.
Interface says it will set up supply chains in at least 15 local villages and is aiming to collect 20tonnes of old netting by the end of April.
'At Interface, we are designing for a higher purpose-and feel a sense of responsibility beyond the products we sell,' says Nigel Stansfield, Interface chief innovation officer. 'The collected fishing nets have a nylon that can be recycled directly back into our carpet tiles, which will help us reduce our use of virgin raw materials and, critically, create livelihood opportunities for local communities. We are now looking forward to expanding operations and delivering the first carpet tiles from our collaboration.'