We’re very excited that Net-Works has been featured in ‘The Earth Circle’ – the latest short film from The Economist, which is all about the circular economy.
The opening of the film sees Nigel Stansfield, President of Interface EMEA talking about the need to re-think our perception of waste:
“We all know that we live on one planet, it’s finite. We have to be more innovative and inventive and understand that waste is actually a valuable raw material.”
We then see Net-Works’ operations in the Philippines, with local people collecting and cleaning used nets, and selling them on in exchange for a small amount of money. As Madz Blanco, ZSL’s project leader for Net-Works in the Philippines, explains:
“That’s the paradigm shift that we wanted to initiate – when people start looking at waste as something that can be transformed into income.”
Net-Works is one of three featured projects from around the world that each show circular thinking in action. There’s the experimental circular economy “living laboratory” in Amsterdam, which tests out ideas about material reuse, nutrient recovery, recycling, and renewable energy. And the eco-recycle centre in Tokyo, Japan, which recycles old household appliances, contributing to the country’s phenomenally high recycling rate of 98% for metals.
As the film says, when drawing to a close, pioneering projects like these are showing what is possible not only for business, but for the planet. We’re proud that Net-Works is playing its part and we hope that the film will inspire others to embrace the circular economy.
All nets collected via Net-Works are transported to Slovenia by sea for recycling rather than flown, as stated in the film.
Net-Works is a partnership between Interface and ZSL (Zoological Society of London), the international scientific, conservation and educational charity that runs ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, as well as active field conservation projects in more than 50 countries worldwide.