From the beaches of Curacao to rural North Carolina, some of the estimated eight million tons of plastic that enters the ocean each year is being turned into new materials. In Curacao, Limpi Recycling is working with Sandals International to turn ocean plastic and fishing nets into soccer goals for kids, and Polywood, in Indiana and North Carolina, turns plastic into sleek outdoor patio equipment. Polywood, which was founded in 1990 by two high school buddies in a garage in Indiana, employs almost 1,000 people in Syracuse, Indiana, and last year invested $61.6 million to expand the manufacturing and distribution center in Roxboro, North Carolina, population 8,000, creating 300 jobs over five years. In Curacao, Limpi – 'clean' in the local language – has created more than 45,000 products and recycled more than 2.5 tons of plastic, and recently began creating soccer goals from recycled plastic waste and nets lost at sea. Sandals Resorts International wants to expand Future Goals across the Caribbean.

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