By Pharrell Williams

Denim collections from ocean plastic

Pharrell Williams Curates Collaboration Between Bionic Yarn And G-Star Turning Ocean Plastic Into Denim

Pharrell Williams Curates Collaboration Between Bionic Yarn And G-Star Turning Ocean Plastic Into Denim

3 denim collections out of 2 million plastic containers recovered from ocean coastlines. 

That is what Raw For The Ocean’ and ‘G-Star did, making their new fashionable collection 2015 from ocean plastics. This is how the production process is done.

Together they will help ending the ‘Plastic Soup‘. 

Denim it is

Now in our third season, the equivalent of 2 million plastic containers have been recovered from ocean coastlines around the world.  And we’re taking that number higher!

RAW for the Oceans is an initiative recycling ocean plastic into G-Star collections co-designed by Pharrell Williams (Bionic Yarn) and Parley for the Oceans.

7,000,000 tonnes of plastic

There are 7,000,000 tonnes of plastic in our oceans. That’s like that a resource waiting to be mined, waiting for people to profit from (Capt. Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society)

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Do you need a new denim? Have a look at their collection.


By Ton van Keken

From Ocean Plastic to Carpets

carpet, sustainable, recycling, reuse, fishing nets

Beautiful carpet from old Filippines plastic fishing nets

This carpets is a really beautiful design. And listen to the story of the designers because they have a mission! Hundreds of Philippines are collecting fishing nets in the ocean and at the shore. Of course the receive money in return from Interface. But even better; the nets are transformed into the most beautiful carpets I ever saw.

The colors and textures reflect the undulating waves of our oceans and seas, in blends of swirling sapphires, aqueous aquamarines and turbulent teals.

Sustainable reuse of nylon

A decade ago the industry still assumed that nylon was not recyclable. Interface proves that is incorrect. Interface has partnered with the Zoological Society of London to buy discarded fishing nets from some of the poorest communities in the world. The nets are recycled into new yarn for our carpet tiles by Aquafil. The benefits? Fewer ghost nets, less virgin materials and a new source of income for the communities. The partnership has created an inclusive business model with positive outcomes for everyone involved. The program started in the Philippines and was expanded to Cameroon in 2015.

Net-Works® is an innovative, cross-segment initiative designed to tackle the growing environmental problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities. At the same time, it supports Interface’s Mission Zero® goal to source 100% recycled material for its carpet tile.

Interface works with local fishing communities which collect discarded fishing nets. This interface and yarn manufacturer Aquafil not only gets access to a new raw material for high-quality nylon, but Interface also helps to improve the living conditions of local fishermen.

Ocean Plastic ‘Soup’

It’s shocking what plastic in the oceans can do to wildlife! Interface is one of the great companies who feels the responsibility to clear this mess and help people in South East Asia. They deliver world wide.

Ray Anderson: I always make the business case for sustainability. It’s so compelling. Our costs are down, not up. Our products are the best they have ever been. And the goodwill in the marketplace: it’s just been astonishing.


Mission Zero

With Net-Works Interface works in the poorest coastal areas in the world which are struggling with poverty. Each year, 640,000 tonnes nets left in the ocean. By working with local fishermen to harvest the nets, Interface contributes to a structural improvement of poor communities.

Since the start of the project in 2012, there has been almost 80,000 pounds of discarded fishing nets collected.


If we remaking the way we make things by transforming human industry through ecologically intelligent design. The current industrial system that “takes, makes and wastes” can become a creator of goods and services that generate ecological, social and economic value.

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By Oscar Mendez

Homes using Discarded Plastic

Mendez builds homes using Discarded PlasticMendez builds homes using Discarded Plastic

Colombian architect Andres Mendez Gerardino is building homes for the homeless, using discarded plastic. 

We give credits to the guy who came up with this invention.

He is helping so many people and families.

Building Homes using Discarded Plastic

Let’s ensure this solution spreads all around the world. Not just for homeless, he can sell it for sheds, storage, parking garage etc… Great idea!!!

Views on Facebook, as of posting, have soared to over 19 million and shares have gone up to 362K — and quickly rising by the minute.

Watch this and you’ll understand why:


Oscar Mendez brings new meanings of wasted plastics & rubbers to be home for the homeless. 46% of North Americans People are homeless. He find a creative solution for tonnes of wasted plastics and rubbers.
They’re processed and molded it into “LEGO-BRICKS” to be assembled into one unity as home. He and his team bring positive changes for people and environment at the same time.

“We are creating economic value from plastics that have no market. They are contaminated plastics, but now with a market after being recycled.”

The idea came from musician Fernando Llanos and was later adopted by architect Oscar Mendez, who through several years of research managed to develop bricks from processing all types of used plastics.

Triple impacts

This is an initiative of triple impacts: economic impact, environmental impact and social impact. Now the invention has started to benefit thousands of homeless, who are having their own housed built mainly in suburbs with the special chunks.

The housing deficit in Latin America is tremendous. 40% percent of people in Africa, Asia and Latin America do not own a home. One in seven people in the world lives in extreme poverty. Then Mendez wanted to improve this situation by offering houses.

With wide use of the new building components, Colombia also expects to downsize contamination caused by thrown-away plastics.

Recycle and ReUse

“On the environmental side, only in Bogota 6,300 tons of waste is thrown into the landfill is (each year), of which approximately 12%, or 750 tons, are plastics. Only 100 tons are recycled. We are recycling more of them to build hundreds of houses (for displace people).”

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