Bureo was formed to find solutions for the growing issue of ocean plastic pollution, inspire future generations and initiate social change. In line with this mission, Bureo founded ‘Net Positiva’, a fishnet collection and recycling program aimed at combating the detrimental impacts of discarded fishing nets. A major threat to marine mammals and ecosystems, discarded fishing nets make up an estimated 10% of the ocean’s plastic pollution. Fishnets are a challenging material for fishermen to manage and properly dispose. In response, Net Positiva supports environmentally sound disposal points, from which Bureo is able to source highly recyclable and durable raw material.
Through its Net-Positiva initiative, Bureo has repurposed more than 10,000 kg of derelict fishing nets into skateboards and sunglasses. By incentivizing local fishermen in Chile to recycle, Bureo has created quality, recyclable products that give back to the local Chilean community.