Bureo makes skateboards from recycled fishing nets to prevent ocean pollution
Boston Magazine - 09/15/2015
Founded by Ben Kneppers—a Massachusetts native and Northeastern University graduate—and his friends David Stover and Kevin Ahearn, the company launched Net Positiva, a program that collects and recycles discarded nets from artisanal fishing communities, in 2013.
“We know it’s a burden, and we take it off their shoulders,” says Kneppers.
After being gathered by local workers, the fishing nets are taken to a partnering recycling facility in Santiago, where they’re shredded and re-pelletized. Then, the pellets are melted and molded into Bureo’s custom-designed “Minnow” skateboards.