Published on March 6, 2021
Abandoned fishing equipment known as ’ghost gear’ traps sea animals and subjects them to a slow and painful death. This company is turning that waste into skateboards, sunglasses, and more.
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3 young surfers co-founded Bureo in 2013. The fishing net recycling company works to combat the fatal effects that fishing net waste, or ‘ghost gear,’ has on marine life.
Discarded nets, lines, ropes, or otherwise abandoned fishing gear make up at least 10% of marine litter.
To date, Bureo has collected 2.6 million pounds of discarded fishing nets. The company melts it all down into plastic pellets, which are then used to make new consumer goods like skateboards, sunglasses, and games.
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