There’s a giant island of trash the size of Texas that lives in the middle of the Pacific Ocean called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch;
it’s a mass of micro and macro plastics, shipping containers, fishing nets, abandoned long lines (miles of hooked lines that continue to catch and kill), buoys, barrels, plastic bottles, lighters, and practically anything and everything you can imagine. The thing each of these bits of trash has in common is PLASTIC.
Plastics are the single pollutant that are choking our oceans to death. The micro plastics bioaccumulate in small fishes – who often mistake them for plankton – which then bioaccumulate in larger fishes, a process that eventually works its way up the foot chain, poisoning and killing every step of the way.
Macroplastics like water bottles, lighters and abandoned fishing nets are the more visible pollutants we see stuffed in the stomachs of whales, seals, turtles, seabirds, sharks and countless others. It’s common to find massive fishing nets, aptly called ghost nets, which float through the ocean and capture anything in it’s path. There’s thousands of these nets in every ocean, each of which is killing whales, dolphins, turtles and fish daily.
To remove these ghost nets from the sea is the work of stewards. To recycle these nets and make skateboards out of their upcycled polymers is genius. To illuminate the extent of these net’s impact on the natural environment is luminary.
Thanks to a collaboration between Bureo + Carver Skateboards, the Ahi features a deck made from 50 square feet of fishing nets that are gathered off the coast of Chile through Bureo’s Net+Positiva program.