BUREO is a sustainable manufacturing skateboard brand developed from the team’s initiative “Net Positiva”, Chile’s first ever fishnet collection & recycling program. This initiative provides local fishermen with environmentally sound disposal points, while BUREO receives highly recyclable and durable raw materials which are used to build its skateboards. Net Positiva is supported by the Chilean government, World Wildlife Fund Chile, the Marine Conservation Action Fund and in alliance with local fisheries.
The name ‘Bureo’ comes from the language of the Mapuche, the native Chileans, and means ´the waves’. Selected in honor of the Chilean people, the name stands for the company mission. Just as a wave originates from a wind disturbance along the ocean surface, BUREO started with a small change in an ocean of plastic. Through time and energy, the waves of BUREO will develop the force required to cause real change.
Founded by Ben R. Kneppers, David M. Stover and Kevin J. Ahearn, three friends with engineering and sustainability backgrounds, BUREO has already funded the production of its first skateboards thanks to Kickstarter - although the campaign is still running - and all the additional contributions will go towards expanding the “Net Positiva” initiative.
By offering high-quality recycled products, the company enables ethically conscious consumers to support recycling development and job growth for the local people.
Becoming aware of the growing degradation of the ocean environment, the BUREO team has made it their mission to make a difference and contribute to the fight against plastic pollution.
The concept behind the company came to life in 2012, when co-founder Ben Kneppers got an opportunity to work with the Fundacion Chile in Santiago. That quickly evolved into an innovative business model that transforms fishnets collected off the coast of Chile into skateboards.
Board production is currently underway in Chile, and the company launched a Kickstarter campaign in April 2014 to support its efforts.
It takes approximately 1kg (2.2lbs) of fishnets for each board. For every board purchased, riders keep more than thirty square feet of fishnet out of our oceans while providing support to Chilean fishing communities.
Web site: www.bureoskateboards.com
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