Bureo

Nets to Decks

Who They Are

Friends, surfers, and environmental activists David, Kevin, and Ben founded Bureo after traveling around the world and finding polluted oceans everywhere they went. As passionate ocean-lovers, they decided that they wanted to take action to make a difference and change the way people think about waste. Chile’s vast coastline and booming fishing community made it the perfect place for Bureo to begin its journey.

The team began working closely with local Chilean fishermen to find ways to collect discarded fishnets and transform them into something fun and positive. Enter skateboards. Fun, in-line with their surfer lifestyles, and an efficient, sustainable form of transportation, they were the perfect solution. Today, Bureo’s Chilean recycling program is called Net Positiva, and it is responsible for collecting discarded fish nets that are then melted down and re-created into Bureo’s signature skateboards and sunglasses.


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Why We Like Them

Bureo’s recycling program Net Positiva helps change the way that people think about waste. Bureo believes that everything has a purpose, and that discarded fish nets are no exception. Their recycling program provides collection points that empower people to dispose of their fishing nets responsibly, diminishing the amount of harmful materials that enter our oceans. After the nets are collected, they are washed, shredded and melted into pellets, which are then injected into molds that form Bureo’s products. To date, Bureo’s programs have recycled over 80,000 KG of discarded materials and 202,320 square feet of fishing nets.

Bureo’s products not only reduce plastic pollution in our oceans, they also work to educate people about waste in general. Net Positiva educates fishermen and locals in Chile firsthand about the correct way to recycle, and the amazing things that can come from it. By creating fun products out of materials that most people disregard, Bureo shows the entire world how to think outside the box and value the seemingly invaluable. Most importantly, they show us that it’s possible to combine sustainability and education with passion, and that making an impactful difference can be fun and creative.

  • 1% for the Planet
    1% for the Planet
  • B Corp
    B Corp
  • Made in the USA
    Made in the USA
  • Recycled Nylon
    Recycled Nylon

This company partners with 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit organization that helps promote environmental stewardship. Members commit to donating at least 1% of their sales to the program, which helps connect them to high-impact environmental nonprofits across the globe.

The B Lab is a third-party, non-profit organization that certifies companies as socially and environmentally responsible. B Corps are businesses that go above and beyond traditional business models and aim to create positive change in the world through their practices. These companies must meet rigorous transparency and accountablity standards, while doing what is best for people and the environment.

This product was made in the United States. Buying locally made items helps to reduce harmful emissions that result from transportation during and after the production process. Purchasing products made in the United States also ensures that the items are produced in ways that meet strict safety and labor standards.

Recycled nylon salvages post-industrial and post-consumer nylon scraps in order to create new items. The scraps are cleaned, sorted, stripped down, and separated into fibers before being transformed into completely new products. This process avoids the energy and resource extraction required to produce virgin fibers, and takes advantage of the efforts used to create the item initially. Recycling nylon provides a second life for materials which might otherwise end up polluting the ocean or buried in a landfill. Recycled nylon can be made from salvaged fishing nets as well as carpet and scraps from clothing production.

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