Thanks to all our supporters we’ve reached our £5000 target.

This is going to make a massive difference to the project.

It will help buy a capable and proven piece of hardware called a ‘strooder’ that will allow us to produce enough filament at a sufficiently high quality to be able to place material with external testers, will allow us to quantify things like tonnage produced per hour and approximate the amount of rejects, and will allow us to build demo pieces out of the recycled material so that engineers and designers can get good feel for its capabilities.

In effect this sucessful funding marks the shift from Fishy Filaments being a good and well founded idea to being a project that can be a very real commercial prospect.

There has been a great deal of interest in Ocean Plastics in recent weeks, to a large part driven by an international campaign by Sky News. Fishy Filaments is, in part, the other side of that rising of public awareness. It is prevention rather than cure, and a recalibration of the economic worth of recyclable plastics embodied in the Circular Economy concept.

As we’ve stated many times before the Cornish inshore fishery has been recycling its used nets for over a decade, but the rise of new opportunities and technologies mean that the local community has a real prospect of material benefit from their responsible actions. The breadth of interest, both sectoral and geographic, expressed during the crowdfunder campaign gives us confidence that Fishy Filaments really can turn a liability into an asset, combining profit with purpose.

50 people can shift the balance.