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Miriam Turner from Interface Talks Net-Works

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Harvesting Fishing NetsHere is Bernie, harvesting waste nets from mangroves on the Danajon Bank, Philippines.

These nets are transported to Interface’s supplier Aquafil in Slovenia, where the nylon is depolymerised and then made into new yarn in Italy.

Interface has more than 365 colourways using 100% recycled yarn. Around half of our raw materials globally are recycled.

Miriam Turner explains more about the Net-Works initiative:

What sparked the idea?

We saw a chance to design a new way of sourcing fishing nets for Aquafil and, in doing so, create an inclusive business model that would benefit vulnerable coastal communities. 

Then we found out that Oakey was designing a collection inspired by Sylvia and the oceans. It all came together!

How did the idea come to life?

It may seem a little crazy that a commercial carpet tile company has ended up working with the fishing community on a remote, double-barrier reef. But that’s the beauty of seeing design as more than just product. Co-innovating with experts from lots of different disciplines has been brilliant; together we’ve re-imagined what the value chain could look like.

Sustainability is the mother of all collaborations after all.

Talk us through the journey of the nets.

After the nets are collected in communities, they are baled and shipped to Aquafil. They are mixed together with all kinds of other waste nylon, including our own carpet fluff—and transformed into 100% recycled yarn that we use in many of our products. The squares and planks are beautiful and so is the story behind them.

What does the future hold for Net-Works?

This is a brand new stream of recycled material; one with a social story, almost like “fairly traded” coffee. Our vision is to work with ZSL and Aquafil to expand this sourcing program as far and wide as possible and grow this inclusive supply chain.

This is only the beginning.

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