DSM, a purpose-led global science-based company, and Starboard, a premium windsurfing and paddle boarding brand, have teamed up to transform discarded fishing nets into high-end surfboards and surfboard accessories. This is a win-win mission that’s creating jobs for local communities while ultimately contributing to cleaner oceans and litter-free beaches.
Discarded fishing nets are collected from India’s coastlines by local laborers and then are treated and upcycled before they are compounded. The fishnets produce a recycle-based material called polyamide Akulon RePurposed, which is used in high-end sports and leisure products, such as surfboards and surfboard accessories. This high-quality material can also be used in furniture and industrial applications.
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According to reports, between 600,000 and 800,000 tons of fishing nets, long lines, fish traps, and lobster pots are lost or dumped in the ocean annually. As a result, these hazardous materials are “choking coral reefs, entangling fish, marine mammals and seabirds, and catching in boat propellers.”