The fastest way to end marine pollution is through the business community. Not government, not legislation (although obviously that’s going to help), but it’s using our consumer power collectively, the money in our pocket responsibly. By so doing we will push the world towards a circular economy; an economy that values toxic materials like plastic responsibly and builds in some kind of end of life plan, or simply doesn’t use them. So the Plastic Project is starting a series focusing on the companies that are initiating this movement, the businesses that are either showing us how valuable these raw materials are and taking them out of the ocean, or are looking for alternative materials to cut them out of their productions all together. These aren’t super in depth, that will come in some of our films, these are just to raise awareness of these companies’ existence and build up a directory so we can all make a change.
Part one is a look at the guys at Bureo, a Chilean/US colab which is producing some of the coolest skateboards out there, made from nets and plastic washed up along the vast Chilean coastline.
Check out their website – www.bureo.co
You can buy them in the UK HERE – watch out for more because we’re going to hook up with them for the film as well.
The Word From The Company –
Bureo designs and manufactures a unique line of sustainable skateboards. Bureo’s innovative boards are manufactured in Chile through the team’s initiative, ‘Net Positiva’, Chile’s first ever fishnet collection & recycling program. Net Positiva provides fisherman with environmentally sound disposal points, while Bureo receives highly recyclable and durable raw materials. By offering recycled high quality products, Bureo enables ethically conscious consumers to support recycling development and job growth for local inhabitants.
The name ‘Bureo’ comes from the language of the Mapuche, the native Chileans, and means ´the waves’. Selected in honor of the Chilean people, the name represents our mission. Just as a wave originates from a disturbance of wind along the ocean surface, Bureo is starting with a small change in an ocean of plastic. Through time and energy, the waves of Bureo will develop the force required to cause real change.