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DSM & Starboard Convert Discarded Fishing Nets from Waste into High-end Surfboard Parts

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Royal DSM and Starboard have announced that they 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.
DSM and Starboard Collaboration Transforms Discarded Fishing Nets from Waste into High-end Surfboard Components
Resin Made from Discarded Nylon-based Fishing Nets
Born out of shared passion for a cleaner environment and a Circular Economy, DSM and Starboard came together when the surfboard company selected DSM’s Akulon® RePurposed, where the resin used is fully recycled from discarded nylon-based fishing nets and is 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.
Collaborations that Contribute to Circular Economy
Matt Gray, Commercial Director Asia Pacific, DSM Engineering Plastics, said:
“At DSM, our strategy includes developing innovative solutions and collaborations that contribute to a circular economy and aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals addressing climate change, resource scarcity, waste and pollution. We look beyond society’s current model of take-make-dispose and instead try to mimic nature and the circle of life. For example, in our collaboration with Starboard we use waste to make a long-lasting, high-value material that can again be recovered at the end of its life cycle to become something new”
Svein Rasmussen, Founder and CEO, Starboard, said:
“One of the most satisfying parts of our work is the challenge of redesigning our products to lower their environmental impact and achieve higher performance. Through this collaboration with DSM, we showcase how quick and easy it can be to change the way we build better boards for the planet. We want to continuously push boundaries for more eco-innovations for our boards.”
In addition to addressing environmental concerns, the collection, sorting, cleaning and processing of discarded fishing nets creates sustainable livelihoods for several local communities in India.

Matt Gray said:
“This collaboration is a testament to DSM’s leadership in sustainability and in support of our current strategy Growth & Value - Purpose led, Performance driven. We hope the success we have been able to achieve with Starboard encourages other companies to step forward with new projects designed to promote a more circular economy.”

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Publication date: 27/09/2018

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