Faced with a dynamic range of polymer based pollution in the ocean, the Bureo team became aware of the complications and lack of infrastructure for the disposal of fishing net gear. Seizing an opportunity with the Chilean Government through the Startup Chile Program, the team launched Net Positiva, Chile’s first ever fishing net collection recycling program.
For their first product, the team created a cruiser skateboard deck made from recycled fishing nets. Bureo’s innovative boards are manufactured in Chile through Net Positiva which provides fishermen with environmentally sound disposal points, while Bureo receives highly recyclable and durable raw materials. For each board produced, riders help keep more than thirty square feet of fishing net out of the oceans while supporting Chilean fishing communities. Bureo is currently headquartered in California and recently joined Patagonia’s $20Million and Change Fund, an internal fund for supporting likeminded start-up companies having a positive impact on the environment.
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About the speaker
David Stover is a Co-Founder for Bureo Inc, an emerging company focused on developing innovative solutions to ocean plastic pollution. Graduating from Lehigh University in 2007 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, David began his professional career as a financial consultant in Los Angeles, CA, eventually relocating to Sydney, Australia.
An avid surfer and environmental enthusiast, his global travels led him to an awareness of the many challenges facing the marine environment. Struck by the global issue of plastic entering waterways, he joined two friends in 2012 to find a solution and initiate social change.