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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Founder Ton van Keken

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