The mermaid of bottles: how wasted fishing nets and tackle become cosmetic containers

Two companies from Poland, came up with a start-up producing cosmetic bottles mage from recycled fishing nets. Here’s what the initiators say on the origin of the idea how it’s being incorporated into the beauty industry.

The concept: origin of the idea to turn fishing craft waste into packaging

Every year up to half a million tons of wasted fishing nets falls to rest in the ocean, making near 11% of the total pollution of the marine area. In addition to overall damage dealt by plastic waste, whiffling in the waters or resting on the bottom nets are trapping sea animals condemned to starve. Most of the nets is produced from HDPE, the same material used in various packaging solutions. We’ve been in the cosmetics and packaging business for 11 years, and just like every other company in the industry, we’re doing all we can to raise the eco awareness and searching for solutions capable of mitigating the impact of plastic waste on the environment. In our particular case, recycling fishing tackle waste into cosmetic containers is the thing.

Our core business is manufacturing plastic cosmetic containers, and the philosophy of our company is built around the concept of sustainability. We keep the doors open all the time for anyone coming up with concepts, ideas or solutions, that could make a difference in terms of environmental responsibility. This is exactly what happened here. Inventing the way to give another life to discarded fishing tackle by recycling it into containers for cosmetics, home or car care products. Plastic packaging has a lot of advantages over glass: it’s lightweight, durable and relatively cheap, so eliminating plastics off the industry is impossible. Instead, it should be properly utilized and recycled to reduce the both the amounts of plastic waste and polluting emission. So, one of the key goals is giving the plastic waste it’s second, or maybe even third life.

How it works in practice?

The primary product used for production is the granulate derived from re-processed fishing nets, lines and polymer ropes picked from harbor waste deposit or directly from the ocean. At first, the collected material gets evaluated, segregated by the condition and sorts of plastic content, then hand-cleaned off side litter, cut, washed, and finally ground up and dried. The final stage is extrusion – the process that gives us the rHDPE and rPPC. Each batch of the recycled material is then tested for high-density metals and chemical pollution, and certified for compliance with safety requirements. This way we’re able to deliver a product of guaranteed stability, that fully meets the REACH standards and the requirements for plastic migration properties.

Bottles made of fishing nets

Any new-launched project is always preceded by pilot trials, no matter if it’s a new shape of a bottle, color experiments, new materials or new generations of raw stuff. Meeting the client’s expectations always stand in the first place. That is exactly what happened when incorporating the new recycled-net plastic material. Before bringing the new offer to the market, the solution had been going through multiple tests for weeks and weeks. All the tests resulted in success, which today lets us proudly, and with the full set of quality guarantees, introduce the 50% HDPE / 50% fishing net rHDPE bottles to the public.