Los Angeles-based sustainable skateboard company Bureo has developed the world’s first skateboard deck made entirely out of recycled fishing nets! The company has set up a recycling program called “Net Positiva” that salvages old fishing nets from the coast of Chile to create its Minnow boards. Every board takes 30 square feet of nets out of the ocean, which reduces the design’s greenhouse gas footprint by as much as 70%
Bureo calls the Minnow the “ultimate cruiser skateboard.” It features a signature fish design with a split tail and a scale pattern on the deck. Each skateboard uses roughly 30 square feet of harvested fishing nets, and the wheels of Bureo’s board are made from 30% veggie oil and feature 100% recycled cores.
Bureo was founded by three friends, Ben Kneppers, David Stover, and Kevin Ahearn, and they worked in partnership with Satori Movement and the talented designer Gabriella Laruccia to realize the Minnow. In addition to taking plastic waste out of the ocean, their “Net Positiva” program ensure that all labour and materials are locally sourced. Even the company’s name, which means “the waves,” comes from the native Chilean language.
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So far Bureo has everything in place for its first production run, especially since the company’s Kickstarter more than doubled its original goal. Those who pledged can expect a board on their doorstep by this August.
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