With Net-Works, Interface and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have joined forces to create a community-based supply chain that tackles the growing problem of discarded nylon fishing nets in a way that is good for business, good for people and good for the environment.
The communities are empowered through access to finance, with a supplementary income provided via the waste nets which previously would have been discarded on land or in the oceans. Instead they become part of Interface’s supply chain and help it achieve its Mission Zero goal to source 100% recycled material for its carpet tiles. Alongside this, Net-Works helps ZSL achieve its conservation goals of improving coastal environments, including villages, beaches, mangroves, protecting marine biodiversity and assisting with the livelihoods of the local communities.
So far Net-Works has collected over 66,860kg of nets in the Philippines and are currently replicating in Cameroon.
Often, people are surprised that a carpet tile manufacturer and a conservation charity would partner up to tackle discarded fishing nets and help fishing communities. Really, it is about taking a holistic view to challenges, aligning aspirations and developing collaborative solution for non of us is as smart as all of us.
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About the speaker
Jon is a Co-Innovation Partner at Interface with a focus on sustainability, inclusive business and intrapreneurship. A member of the Net-Works Steering Committee, Jon has been involved with the project since its pilot phase in 2012 and he has been involved in the oversight of Interface’s role in relation to developing Net-Works strategy, operations and communications.
Jon’s interest in the oceans stems from a passion for surfing and scuba diving. He volunteered as part of a Blue Ventures marine conservation expedition in Fiji in 2009, working with the local communities and fisheries department to help survey the health of the coral reefs and the fish abundances.
Jon is a fellow of the On Purpose programme and was previously a solicitor with Norton Rose Fulbright.