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These High-End Surfboards Are Made from Discarded Fishing Nets from India’s Coastlines

These High-End Surfboards Are Made from Discarded Fishing Nets from India’s Coastlines

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.



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.”