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Published: 12 September 2013

By Andy Ross

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Making the world a little bit better - one net at a time

Over at designboom, the daily mails are always interesting but this one especially has  caught the eye.

Net-works grew out of a collaboration between the company INTERFACE (which makes carpet tiles through its aim of eliminating the traditional negative effect on the environment of manufacture) and the Zoological Society of London, better known for London Zoo. Together they have created these tiles out of discarded fishing nets which are recycled and used in designs by David Oakey. The effect is stunning. Not only are the tiles good to look at but they are doing good in the comunities where discarded nets cause environmental catastrophe and, being made of nylon, take the dangerous filament out of the ecosystem and put it back in the built environment. Fishing communities benefit from being paid to gather and work on the nets too; everyone wins. Now, isn't this a great idea!