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Discarded fishing nets as new resins

Royal DSM and Starboard are collecting and upcycling discarded fishing nets to create a material for consumer goods like surfboard components.

28th September 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Singapore

Sports/​Outdoor

DSM and Starboard collaboration transforms discarded fishing nets from waste into high-end surfboard components. © Royal DSMRoyal DSM and Starboard, a leading water sports company offering paddle, surf, windsurf and kiteboards, are collecting and upcycling discarded fishing nets to create a material for consumer goods such as surfboard components. In doing so the collaboration supports litter-free beaches, a healthier marine environment and creates a positive social impact for local communities in India.

The surfboard company has selected DSM’s Akulon RePurposed, resin fully recycled from discarded nylon-based fishing nets and known for its sustainability profile as much as its performance. The discarded fishing nets are gathered from the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, and are given a new lease of life as fins, fin boxes, SUP pumps, and other structural parts in surfboards. All the products made using Akulon RePurposed, are branded as NetPositive! by Starboard.

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