Can a skateboard save the world?
CBS News - 05/21/2014
Bureo skateboards look like fish because they are made from old fishing nets.
They started out as garbage — fishing nets discarded in the waters off Chile. About 640,000 tons of these nets clog the world’s oceans, and that’s only a tenth of the world’s debris.
According to a report from the Coastal Conservancy, in just one day, worldwide volunteers picked up more than 12 million pounds of rubbish from beaches and waterways. The top three culprits were cigarette butts, food wrappers and plastic bottles.
“And we were just struck with this issue of plastic in the ocean, and we just kind of made a mission to do something about it,” says Bureo co-founder David Stover.
Stover, along with co-founder Ben Kneppers, started in Chile, where fishing is a major industry. They figured out how to convert the fish nets into plastic pellets, which could be used in a mold. And Bureo Skateboards was born.