About this project
Thank you to our awesome community on Kickstarter! If you missed the ride, cruise over and find our products and learn more about how we turn nets into decks at: www.bureoskateboards.com
Launched by three friends (Ben, David, Kevin), our project was founded through a deep connection with the ocean environment. Becoming aware of the various threats to our waterways, we made it our mission to do something about ocean plastics. We started dreaming big over a year ago, and left our safe careers behind in search of solutions. Our answer was ‘Skateboards for Plastic-Free Oceans’.
After months of speaking with experts and investigating plastic pollutants in our oceans, we were struck by the large scale and harmful impact of fishnet waste. Our research showed that this material was incredibly strong to make skateboards from and highly recyclable!
We were given an amazing opportunity to bring our idea to Chile, where we could run our whole process from fishnet collection in the coastal communities to final production in Santiago. We began work last year, establishing 'Net Positiva', our fishnet collection and recycling program. Over this time we conducted research at a plastic engineering lab and manufactured our major production tools. Now that we have ridden our prototypes and proven our supply chain in Chile, we want you to be a part of our story to support the production of our boards!
We have developed what we believe is the ultimate cruiser skateboard. Featuring a signature fish design and gripping scale pattern, we have collaborated with industry leading component and wheel providers to offer you a premium ride. We have numerous prototypes, and now with your help we can turn our prototypes into final products. The Minnow’s 25” body is perfect for cruising the streets and along the beach, and our innovative locking feature paired with the 'B-hook' lets you lock up your board for stress-free storage. Check out all of the key features of the ‘Minnow’ below:
Our boards reflect the natural recycled color (black) from our underlying fishnet formula, and we think The Minnow wears black well. If you want to express your inner art-self on our boards, pick up the natural black and make The Minnow your canvas!
We wanted to give you a few options for color. We are working with a paint provider on the most environmentally friendly application of a unique blue fish scale pattern as shown below.
As an exclusive offer for Kickstarter, the team has done up some epic hand painted patterns for a limited run of boards. We have paired these boards with a handful of extras for the complete package.
In partnership with Satori Movement, and our dedicated and talented designer Gabriella Laruccia, our Cruiser Wheels are 30% veggie oil and include 100% recycled cores. Make sure to let us know which color you want!
If you are not up for the full ride, support us by picking up one of our Signature Decks, Custom Bureo Klean Kanteens or Eco-Stickers to continue the fight against plastic pollution.
In addition to all the great rewards above, we have been working with our friends to commemorate our first production. Be a part of the Bureo history, by receiving one of the first 25 production boards mounted to a hand made reclaimed wood frame.
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.
Bureo’s innovative boards are made in Chile through the team’s initiative, ‘Net Positiva’, Chile’s first ever fishnet collection & recycling program.
Polluting beaches and oceans across the globe, polymer based discarded fishnets, threaten marine mammals and ecosystems. Net Positiva provides fisherman with environmentally sound disposal points in Chile, while Bureo receives highly recyclable and durable raw materials. This is how our project works:
Currently our project is in a proof of concept phase, where we have established our collection points in a few select Chilean fishing communities. Through the success of our first product, 'The Minnow', we hope to expand Net Positiva to more communities while increasing support.
We have been able make our prototypes and set up our operations in Chile through tremendous support from Northeastern University’s IDEA program, the Start-Up Chile program and the Marine Conservation Action Fund. Our major production tools, which transform recycled fishnets into epic cruiser boards, have been purchased and fabricated.
Now we need your support to fund the first production run of our boards in Chile. Our funding need of $25,000 will facilitate our final production setup costs, the recycling cost for several tons of fishnets, and our initial component/hardware costs. By enabling us to complete our first production run, we will be able to secure the funds required to return to Chile to expand our net collection activities, establish a sustainable program, and give back to the coastal communities we are working in. We have some great rewards to thank you for your support, check them out!
We have been working hard to prepare our operations for the first production run, and with your help we can complete the final steps!
Bureo is led by three friends focused on finding solutions for the growing issue of plastic pollution in our oceans and initiating social change. With lifelong passions for surfing and the environment, the team aims to continue the fight against ocean plastics and inspire others to find solutions through sustainable product design.
Ben is an internationally recognized sustainability consultant and entrepreneur, specializing in life cycle assessment (LCA) and corporate environmental and social responsibility. He holds an MSc in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. An outdoor enthusiast and lifetime skater, Ben brings an unmatched passion for the environment and skateboarding to the Bureo efforts.
David holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and he brings a strong background in financial analysis to the Bureo team. Growing up in small island community renown for environmental conservation, David attributes his love for the ocean and appreciation of his surroundings to his unique upbringing. Never leaving home without a surfboard, David is looking forward to spreading awareness of the Bureo efforts to global communities.
An engineer by education and profession, Kevin brings an extensive knowledge of product design and development to the Bureo team. An accomplished surfer, and all around waterman, Kevin’s travels and adventures have developed a lifestyle emulated at Bureo. His interest in sustainable product development and keen eye for design, bring innovation and fresh ideas to the skateboard market.
Risks and challenges
Thanks to the tremendous support provided by our industry partners and advisors, we believe we have done everything we can to mitigate the remaining risks and challenges for this project. We have taken our production setup and prototypes as far as feasibly possible, and we are reaching out to the Kickstarter community now to fund our first major production run.
As with any recycling project, a consistent supply of materials is a minimum requirement. We have collected several tons of fishing nets, which have been personally prepared for recycling on the ground in Chile. The nets are now ready to go at our recycling and manufacturing facility in Santiago for our first large production run.
We have contracted one of Chile’s leading recycling and injection molding facilities in Santiago, to manufacture our board. We have completed the fabrication of our injection mold plates require for production. We have manufactured and ridden several prototypes, which have been tested for performance and safety. We acknowledge that achieving consistent performance between recycled products is a challenge and risks remain in any manufacturing operation. However, we consider these low risks given the extensive testing we have completed and the industry knowledge of our selected manufacturer.
To achieve our proposed Kickstarter schedule, we are reliant on the timely shipping and processing of our boards from Santiago to Los Angeles. We have secured trusted industry partners to handle this process, and we will be doing everything possible to meet our proposed timeline. We are excited about building a community with our Kickstarter backers, and we will be completely engaged with our supporters during this process. Any updates will be relayed in a timely manner, and we are open to any feedback or questions that arise along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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