Bureo

Skateboards for plastic-free oceans. 4-minute video on our story:

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Story:

Bureo Inc (Bureo) designs and manufactures a unique line of sustainable products sourced from recycled fishing nets for the action sports industry. By offering recycled high quality products, Bureo enables ethically conscious consumers to support recycling development and local job growth. Bureo’s current product offerings include a cruiser skateboard and unique line of sunglasses, with materials sourced from Chile through the team’s initiative, ‘Net Positiva’, Chile’s first ever fishnet collection & recycling program. Net Positiva provides fisherman with environmentally sound disposal points, while Bureo receives highly recyclable and durable raw materials.

 

Founded by a like-minded team with a passion for the ocean, Bureo is currently headquartered in Los Angeles, CA with operations in Chile. Bureo is a 1% For the Planet member and a participating venture in Patagonia’s $20Million and Change fund, focused on supporting like minded start-ups having a positive impact on the environment.

 

Mission:

On a mission to protect our ocean by scaling a radically transparent model to eliminate fishing net pollution; using disruptive innovation to inspire change and create tangible positive impacts.

Sustainability:

Our society has the plastic tap turned on, pouring 18 billion pounds of plastic into our oceans each year. Recent studies estimate there to be 5 trillion pieces of plastic afloat in our seas. Accumulating plastics belong to over 200 polymer families, varying in composition and properties. At Bureo we work to keep the most harmful form of plastic pollution, fishing nets, from entering our oceans. We understand that, in many cases, the problem is not the fishermen but rather the lack of infrastructure available for when the nets meet their end of life. We work together with fisheries and local communities to provide an incentivized program to collect, clean, sort and recycle fishing nets into our NetPlus™ material, creating positive solutions for end-of-use fishing nets, employment opportunities for local workers, and funding for community programs. Though our focus is narrow, it’s a major piece in the puzzle to solve the plastic pollution crisis: the need for a circular economy to prevent waste from entering our oceans in the first place. We hope to extend our impact through educating communities and companies about ways to collectively work together to turn off the plastic tap. 

 

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