Recycled Fishnet Skateboards

Waves of change

Working in Chile as an environmental consultant, Ben Kneppers saw the immense amount of waste discarded by the Chilean fishing industry. Living in Australia, he and friends Kevin Ahearn and David Stover saw enough cheap plastic skateboards cruising the streets to want to create a better option. Inspired to initiate change, they quit their jobs and devoted themselves to solving both problems with Bureo.

The "Tres Gringos Locos" as the natives call them, set up in Chile to create the Minnow, an eco-friendly skateboard made of discarded fishnets. They established "Net Positiva," Chile's first-ever fishnet collection and recycling program. It gives fishermen environmentally sound disposal points, and Bureo durable raw materials for their boards.

Each recycled skateboard consists of 30 square feet of fishnet, 30% veggie oil, and 100% recycled core wheels. The packaging is 100% recycled, too. To date, Bureo skateboards have saved 10 tons of fishnet waste from entering the oceans.

Bureo even caught the attention of Patagonia who invested through its "$20 Million and Change Fund" which help innovative startups develop solutions to environmental crises.

The name "Bureo" in Mapuche, the language of Chilean natives, means "the waves." Every wave starts as a change along the ocean surface. Bureo has started a wave of positive environmental change, and it's sure to keep growing.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • David

    Aloha everyone! I'm David, one of the cofounders of Bureo. We make a unique line of sustainable skateboards from recycled fishing nets, and I'm proud to introduce our boards to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/24/2015 6:06 PM

    If you're a skateboarder or you want to be one, why is Bureo the board you should go with?

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    6/24/2015 6:09 PM

    We designed Bureo in the essence of what skateboarding is all about: the idea of surfing the streets. You're not expected to know certain tricks or be of a certain skill level. We want anyone to be able to step on it and enjoy it. It's great for commuters, too. It's easy to carry and it's a smooth ride.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/24/2015 6:17 PM

    Thanks, David! This is just a snippet of my conversation about the Bureo story. For the rest, listen in!

  • nancy
    6/25/2015 5:02 PM

    @Mike Fabulous use of resources including your innovative bright minds. I am wondering, as the mother of long boarders, if you can make longboard decks as well. Perhaps selling just the decks as all these boarders want to add their own trucks, wheels etc.

    Thanks for doing good!


  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/26/2015 11:32 AM

    Hi Nancy, here is the answer straight from David:

    Nancy, thank you for the kind words on the program. Our team actually all longboards too, but we wanted to make a unique cruiser board as a short commuter board . Taking a 'quiver' mindset, we wanted to expand the type of boards we ride and the cruiser serves a different purpose. The smaller size enables ease of carry and stowage, and its a much different feeling than longboarding! We have a fun on all of our boards, but use our cruisers the most to get around. On the components, we have paired the board with Paris and Bustin components, both premium companies and custom designed them to work best for the board. As such, given the unique ride, we have worked hard to put the best complete together. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Cathy
    6/25/2015 12:48 PM

    Love the board design! And the motivation behind it. Keep up the awesome work, guys!

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    6/25/2015 12:55 PM

    @Cathy Awesome! Glad you like the design and thanks for the kind words!

  • Robert
    6/25/2015 1:40 PM

    Its always a great feeling to seeing a young set of individuals who look at what is already made which is no longer wanted or needed. To finding a good use to both cleaning the ocean and to starting a sound and safe company. The 3 gentlemen involved here in this enterprise, their parents should be extremely proud of them. They are now also mentors to even younger kids to knowing there are many ways to succeed in helping the planet. When using a little common sense and looking around one self.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    6/25/2015 1:48 PM


    Robert, thank you for taking a moment to send that across, we appreciate the support! We spend a lot of our time working to inspire and show younger generations that there are solutions to these problems the world is facing and alternatives to the current way of doing things. Many thanks!

  • Lior
    6/25/2015 8:18 PM

    I love it! super cool and it looks like you are on the right wave!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/26/2015 11:32 AM

    Thanks for the kind words, Lior!

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