On September 23, 2014, a local Atlanta company announced at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting its partnership with Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Interface, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial carpet tile, is committing to expand Net-Works™.
In poor Philippines coastal villages fishermen gather and bundle discarded nylon nets (taking 600 years to decay) for shipment to yarn supplier AQUAFIL (AQUAFILUSA), which developed certain nylon recycling technology. Within a year and a half these villages have collected 85,000 lbs. from 4,460 people engaged with Net-Works™ and can now:
- recycle nets to earn extra income
- give women equal opportunity to earn wages
- access financial services through community banks
- obtain micro-loans for education and/or business ventures
- secure savings
- empowered to clean local beaches of old nets and
- remove discarded nets in the water, therefore improving marine life
The villages around Danajon Bank area have been the primary focus until today. The new net collection hub will now expand in the Lake Ossa region of Cameroon with two additional areas to be added over the next 3 years. The gathered nets are then recycled by Italian yarn manufacturer Aquafil in their ECONYL® Regeneration System into nylon yarn that Interface then uses to produce carpet tile. ECONYL® is also used in swim and sportswear .
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) was founded in 1826 and is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity. Its mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. Their mission is realized through its groundbreaking science, active conservation projects within 50+ countries and two Zoos: ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
For 41 years, Interface, Inc. has led industry through innovation, and in environmental sustainability. It has set the pace for development of modular carpet using materials and processes that take less from the environment, and is gaining with its “Mission Zero,” a 20-year-old company-wide promise to eliminate any negative impact on the environment by the year 2020. Interface’s worldwide manufacturing facilities maintain third party registration to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard, and the company obtained the first-ever Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for the commercial floor covering industry in North America. The company known globally for its commitment to consider the environment into all business decisions.
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, has a close relationship with Interface, Inc. It’s founder, Ray C. Anderson, served as co-chair of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD) during President Clinton’s administration, from 1997-1999. CGI meets with global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings bring together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, foundation directors and NGOs, philanthropists, and media. Members of the CGI have made more than 2,900 commitments resulting in improvements in the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. The U.S. has a subsidiary of CGI called CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), allowing undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in local communities or around the world. You can also visit at www.facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.
When you put water, nylon, the zoo, tile and initiative efforts together you obtain an environmental healing soup. Walking on the water may have been a more appropriate title to this article. Once again, collecting waste through sustainable efforts is profitable to homes and communities.