What is Fishy Filaments?

The increase in plastic wastes found in the marine environment is a global phenomenon that manifests itself on a local scale. Whether they are microbeads washed into the sea from their use in cosmetics, fishing nets snagged on the seabed or even a tragic outcome of a tsunami, the issue of plastics in our shared oceans is rising on environmental, economic and political agendas.

Fishy Filaments™ doesn’t pretend to address all these issues. Our aim is to provide a win-win solution to fishing communities by taking end-of-life fishing gear and plastics caught during normal fishing activities and transforming them into commercially viable products that have the potential for a multitude of uses.

Our first product will be a recycled nylon filament for use in 3D printing. Unlike established nylon recycling routes our solution uses simple mechanical and thermal processes that can be achieved at a local scale and with no harsh chemicals added. Our next project is to complete R&D on recycling larger trawl nets made of polyethylene and polypropylene.

After a successful crowdfund campaign earlier this year helped buy the hardware needed to build a pilot plant, the project is now moving towards commercial production. We are currently working with Mylor Ventures Ltd, a venture catalyst and angel investor network, with the support of the Cornish fishing industry and with business development agencies to bring Fishy Filaments to market.

 

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Shortlisted in the category Best Recycled Product of the Year