From fishing nets to floor mats

  • Our quality manager, Ann, with one of the new mats

13 Mar 2019

Our Grimsby factory has recently taken delivery of new branded anti-slip mats made with Econyl® – a nylon yarn made from 100% recycled plastics, including discarded fishing nets.

Designed with the BigFish logo, the new dirt-trapper mats have been installed around our production site in Grimsby, including our factory shop!

Fishing net waste is a big part of the ocean plastic problem and the United Nations estimates that every year around 640,000 tonnes of nets (known as ‘ghost gear’) are lost or discarded worldwide.  Apart from pollution, lost nets can also result in the accidental trapping, injury and death of marine animals such as seals, dolphins and turtles.

Quality manager for BigFish, Ann Rogers, says, “As a fish company we are particularly conscious of the ocean plastics issue so we were delighted to discover that we could choose a hygiene solution made from recycled fishing nets.  It’s a small step but part of our bigger programme to reduce plastic use and increase recyclability in everything we do."

We will continue to work on our plastic-reduction agenda.  Last year we discarded plastic entirely for our BigFish fish cake range, which is now packaged in wholly recyclable cardboard and we're looking forward to introducing further plastic reduction solutions on our packaging during 2019.

More information about ‘ghost gear’ can be found here.

  • “It’s a small step but part of our bigger programme to reduce plastic use and increase recyclability in everything we do.”

    Ann Rogers, Quality Manager