Did you know that 10% of marine litter consists of abandoned ghost nets? These nets kill marine wildlife and release micro plastics, polluting and profoundly damaging the sea’s biodiversity and ecosystem. Fortunately, there is a solution.
It all started with an email we received from WWF Germany in July 2020 to tell us about a project they are running together with Marelitt Baltic, an initiative funded by the EU in 2018 to remove abandoned fishing nets from the Baltic Sea. The question was what do we do with these tons and tons of waste?
Working with WWF rescuing ghost nets
So we received the ghost nets sent by WWF Germany in our warehouse, where they were processed and turned into small pellets of Netviva, a 100% recycled plastic material. In this way, we are once again making materials from recycled fishing nets, working to make our oceans 100% waste-free.
Every year between 5,500 and 10,000 gillnets and trawl nets are lost at sea. So, our mission is to recycle these ghost nets to give them a new use and thus generate a 100% circular economy cycle.