by O. Schulz | March 15, 2023
Fishing nets are an essential tool for commercial fishing operations. But they also pose a significant threat to the marine environment.
Abandoned, lost, or discarded fishing nets, known as ghost nets (See picture below. Source: WWF stories about ghost nets), can continue to trap and kill marine life for years after they have been discarded. In addition to killing wildlife, ghost nets can also damage fragile ocean habitats and disrupt food webs.
Recent studies showed that ghost nets account for 30 to 50% of all plastic waste in the oceans.
The negative impacts of ghost nets are widespread and have led to calls for better management and disposal of fishing gear. In response, many organizations and governments have implemented programs aimed at removing ghost nets from the ocean and preventing the loss of fishing gear in the first place.
One solution to reduce the negative impacts of ghost nets is the use of biodegradable fishing nets. They are made from materials that break down quickly in the ocean and do not pose a long-term threat to marine life. This technology is still in the early stages of development. But it has the potential to revolutionize the fishing industry and to reduce its environmental impact.
Another solution to reduce the negative impacts of fishing nets is upcycling them and converting them into new products. In general, upcycling is like giving your old junk a second chance at life. It refers to the process of repurposing discarded or waste materials into new and useful products.
There are many organizations and initiatives dedicated to upcycling fishing nets. That includes programs to collect and repurpose discarded gear, as well as working with fishing communities to prevent the loss of gear. These organizations are making a positive impact on the environment and the ocean, while also creating job opportunities and promoting sustainable business practices.
Our Fischnetz with Benefits are upcycled from used fishing nets from Morocco. We took the picture of fishing nets that is shown above in the harbour of Essaouira, Morocco.
Essaouira among other coastal cities in Morocco has a long tradition of fishing. The use of fishing nets is deeply ingrained in the culture and economy of Morocco. Many coastal communities rely on fishing as a primary source of income. By upcycling these used fishing nets, we reduce their impact on the ocean. At the same time, we create an eco-friendly alternative to traditional sponges.
Our Fischnetz with Benefits are made from recycled material, and they offer several benefits over traditional sponges. They are durable and long-lasting, which means they can be used for longer periods of time before needing to be replaced. Additionally, they are resistant to bacteria and mildew. This makes them a hygienic alternative to traditional sponges that lasts several years.
By choosing Fischnetz with Benefits over traditional sponges, you can do your part to protect the ocean and its inhabitants while enjoying a high-quality and eco-friendly product.
So next time you’re in the market for a new sponge, consider making the switch to an upcycled Fischnetz with Benefits thats lasts a long time. Your wallet and the ocean will thank you!
✔️ Very easy to use
✔️ Reaches more spots
✔️ Doesn't smell
✔️ Lasts for years
✔️ Saves money
Hoi, I am Oliver, one of the founders and managers of Fischnetz with Benefits.
Being a passionate surfer and having a strong connection to the ocean, I am super enthusiastic about creating a sustainable and long-lasting product that has a positive impact on the marine environment.
I have been using upcycled fishing nets as a sponge alternative for many years myself. I discovered this alternative during my surf travels in Morocco, where they already have been in use for decades.