An estimated 640,000 tons of old fishing ropes, lines and nets are discarded into the ocean each year, contributing significantly to the pervasive ocean pollution problem.  According to Greenpeace, old fishing equipment is one of the severest forms of ocean plastic pollution due to its specific design to trap and kill marine wildlife.

To combat this issue, California-based start-up Bureo has created a way to transform the waste into desirable products.  The company works with local communities and fisheries in South America, providing an incentive programme to collect, clean, sort and recycle fishing nets into ‘NetPlus’ materials.  So far, 600,000kg of NetPlus materials have been obtained from 50 participating fisheries.

The first product made from these materials is a skateboard.  The ‘Minnow’, which has a 25-inch deck and wheels made from 30% vegetable oil, costs £118.  By purchasing a skateboard, over 30 square feet of harmful plastic fishing nets are prevented from entering the oceans, while supporting Chilean communities.

Other products include the Fishnet Flyer Frisbee, sunglasses and insulated bottles for hot and cold drinks.

As well as implementing this business infrastructure to limit fishing nets entering the ocean at their end of life, Bureo also believes that educating non-profits, schools and companies is key to combatting this pollution problem.

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An estimated 640,000 tons of old fishing ropes, lines and nets are discarded into the ocean each year, contributing significantly to the pervasive ocean pollution problem.  According to Greenpeace, old fishing equipment is one of the severest forms of ocean plastic pollution due to its specific design to trap and kill marine wildlife.

To combat this issue, California-based start-up Bureo has created a way to transform the waste into desirable products.  The company works with local communities and fisheries in South America, providing an incentive programme to collect, clean, sort and recycle fishing nets into ‘NetPlus’ materials.  So far, 600,000kg of NetPlus materials have been obtained from 50 participating fisheries.

The first product made from these materials is a skateboard.  The ‘Minnow’, which has a 25-inch deck and wheels made from 30% vegetable oil, costs £118.  By purchasing a skateboard, over 30 square feet of harmful plastic fishing nets are prevented from entering the oceans, while supporting Chilean communities.

Other products include the Fishnet Flyer Frisbee, sunglasses and insulated bottles for hot and cold drinks.

As well as implementing this business infrastructure to limit fishing nets entering the ocean at their end of life, Bureo also believes that educating non-profits, schools and companies is key to combatting this pollution problem.

further reading…