At any given time the world’s oceans are littered with plastic fishing nets.
Typically that trash would either drift along and perhaps ensnare a whale, sea turtle, or other marine life, or wash up on shore.
But a Massachusetts native and two colleagues from the Northeast have a novel way to turn that pollution into something useful: recycling the nets into hip skateboards.
The three started a company, Bureo Skateboards, and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to make their first run of cruiser-style skateboards. The Kickstarter campaign is scheduled through May 15 but Bureo has already received pledges far surpassing its goal of $25,000.
Moreover the company has received $10,000 from the accelerator program at Northeastern University, where cofounder Ben Kneppers of Mattapoisett received a degree in mechanical engineering in 2007.