Entrepreneur’s marine life mission

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An innovative North East student has created a social enterprise which recycles discarded fishing nets into bracelets

A student at Northumbria University has launched his first business with a social mission to help raise awareness of ocean pollution and save marine life
Nathan Smith is a second year student on the Entrepreneurial Business Management (EBM) programme at Newcastle Business School.

Following a trip to Thailand last summer, he was struck by the level of rubbish and plastics littering beautiful beaches and wondered how he could encourage people to clean up and raise awareness of ocean pollution.

In response, he’s set up OceanJunkie, a social enterprise which recycles discarded fishing nets into bracelets.

The money raised from bracelet sales is then reinvested to help organise and fund community beach clean ups along the North East coast in a bid to reduce ocean pollution and encourage conservation activities.