Three ways the Northeastern community is addressing ocean plastics pollution

A big emphasis of World Oceans Day this year is bringing aware­ness to the problem of marine plastic pol­lu­tion. Mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity are already focused on this chal­lenge by building sus­tain­able skate­boards, visu­al­izing ocean plas­tics data, and building sen­sors to iden­tify microplas­tics in the sea.

Skateboard venture is on the incline

One year since embarking on a mis­sion to elim­i­nate ocean plastic pol­lu­tion, Bureo Skate­boards has now sold 2,000 boards, part­nered with Patag­onia, and estab­lished key rela­tion­ships with Chile’s fishing community.

From plastic pollution to sustainable skateboards

An orga­ni­za­tion co-​​founded by North­eastern alumnus Ben Knep­pers has sup­port from ven­ture accel­er­ator pro­grams at North­eastern and in Chile to turn trash from the South Amer­ican country’s com­mu­ni­ties and coast­line into a sus­tain­able business.