Recycling Fishing Gear

At last we got our Compression Oven, plus cubic mould, so this week Julien has been testing how to make tiles out of Fishing nets and ropes. The results are quite spectacular.

Standard polypropylene nets Test 1) make very hard durable tiles, ideal for construction material. While Nylon ropes make brittle tiles (Test 2). Nylon comes in a variety of colours (Test 3) that can be mixed making marbled effect which is ideal for more aesthetically pleasing ornamental products.

Test 1 – Standard Green Fishing Net

  • Test 1: Standard Green Fishing Net
  • Melting Temperature: 168-175 degrees C
  • Polymer identification : Polypropylene
  • Tile Colour: Dark Green, with black streaks
  • Impurities: Sand, rust
  • Notes: Hard durable plastic possibly good for construction material

Test 2 – Standard Pale Green Fishing Rope.

  • Test 2: Standard Pale Green Fishing Rope.
  • Melting Temperature: 219 degrees C.
  • Polymer identification : Nylon 6
  • Tile Colour: Dark Green, with black streaks
  • Impurities: Sand and Maerl
  • Notes: Brittle

Test 3: Multicoloured rope

  • Test 3: Multicoloured rope.
  • Melting Temperature: 219 degree C.
  • Polymer identification : Nylon 6 and
  • Tile Colour: Blue, Red, Green and White
  • Impurities: Sand
  • Notes: Brittle

The quality of the mold is critical, each impurity makes the resin sticky and long hours of adjusting and sanding have and will be spent to adjust the finish of the mould since important improvements are obtained by smoothing the metal surface.