The average person in India uses over 11 kilograms of plastic every year. Most of the waste from this consumption finds its way into the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea.
Instead of allowing more plastic to enter these waterways, anglers in the area are protecting marine life by turning something old into a useful new product.
Fishers are now removing plastic from the water to turn that waste into usable products and a paycheck. Over 34,000 kilometers of plastic roads exist in India. Even kilometer uses the equivalent of 1 million plastic bags.
It’s not just the trash that receives more attention in recycling programs. Anglers are also turning their discarded nets into usable products like surfboards.
Almost 10% of Ocean Plastic Waste Are Fishing Nets.
The broken nylon fishing nets in the world’s oceans create numerous problems for marine life and fishermen. They get caught in propellers, consumed by fish, and potentially release toxins into the water.
Anglers can turn their plastic collections from fishing expeditions into legitimate income. The items can become various parts of a surfboard, allowing the original unwanted items to return to the water in healthier ways.
This idea creates employment opportunities for those not in the fishing industry for an extra economic boost. Workers need to separate and process the materials before they can get repurposed into other items.
Several local communities in India are no longer relying on charity because of this project. They have sustainable livelihoods that come directly from efforts to restore our oceans.