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Craigavon carpet firm makes green strides from old fishing mesh

By Rachel Martin

A Craigavon carpet factory is paving the way for manufacturing sustainability with its quirky new use for old fishing nets. American-headquartered firm Interface pays poor communities in south-east Asia to collect discarded fishing nets, which are then recycled into carpet tiles in Northern Ireland.

The nets are woven into yarn in Italy and then used to produce carpet tiles at Interface's Craigavon factory.

The factory opened in 1982 and today employs around 180 people.

Interface launched the 'NetWorks' programme five years ago and so far has saved more than 100 tonnes of fishing nets from ending up in the ocean and provided 900 families with work.

Adrian Marks, factory manager at Interface, said: "The whole process is a win-win situation.

"Not only are we able to reduce the impact these discarded nylon nets are having on our marine life, but we're also providing coastal communities with income which they use to develop infrastructure and educate the next generation."

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