Bureo Skateboards not only look cool, but remove 30 square feet of mesh from the ocean per deck.
Green products are growing in popularity for a number of reasons, high among them is that they have qualities that will protect the environment, and they replace artificial ingredients with more natural ones. It’s no surprise that these notions have resulted in the expansion of green initiatives to include more mainstream items, and items geared towards youth. Bureo Skateboards has latched onto this idea and exapnded upon it.
Founded by three friends who worked in collaboration with designer Gabriella Laruccia and organic recycled skateboard company Satori Movement, Bureo Skateboards has come out with the first skateboards whose decks are made entirely out of recycled fishing nets. The company has a recycling program that salvages fishing nets from off the coast of Chile to create these Minnow cruising boards, each of which removes 30 square feet of fishing nets from the ocean and reduces the greenhouse gas footprint by as much as 70 percent. In addition, the skateboards feature a fish-like design, including a split tale, scales, and wheels with 100 percent recycled cores and made from 30 percent vegetable oil.
Bureo’s recycling program, “Net Positiva,” guarantees that all labor and materials are locally sourced and provides Chilean fisherman with environmentally safe disposal points. Net Positiva also provides Bureo with highly recyclable and durable raw materials to create the Minnow board’s 25″ body. Like Bureo itself, which means ‘the waves’ in the native Chilean language Mapuche, the company has created a small change which it hopes will spread and have an impact all across the world.
Officially funded four days ago, Bureo Skateboards began as a Kickstarter campaign. More than doubling their goal of $25,000, the Los Angeles based company plans to start shipping out the $145 Minnow boards in August.