Bureo Launches First Sunglasses Made From Recycled Fishing Nets

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‘Ocean Collection’ Kickstarter Now Live

REDONDO BEACH, CALIFORNIA – 11 August 2015 – Buero Inc, an emerging venture focused on developing solutions to prevent ocean plastic pollution through innovative product applications, has collaborated with a progressive Chilean eyewear company, Karün. Introducing the ‘Ocean Collection,’ first ever sunglasses made from recycled fishing nets.

Seeking an innovative solution to prevent one of the most harmful forms of ocean plastic, the Ocean Collection upcycles discarded fishing nets into premium eyewear. Featuring frames made from 100% recycled fishing nets, premium Carl Zeiss polarized lenses, and unique designs inspired by the ocean environment. Combining modern innovation with classic style, the Ocean Collection enters new waters for the eyewear industry.

For every pair of glasses purchased, Bureo will be able to further expand their community-based fishnet collection and recycling program, ‘Net+Positiva’, while generating funds for programs that empower coastal communities most affected by plastic pollution.

Every year an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic pollution enters our oceans. Fishing nets are one of the most harmful forms of this destructive waste. Bureo’s Net+Positiva program works to prevent fishing net pollution by creating value in the discarded material and incentivizing coastal communities across the coast of Chile. The program installs net collection points and provides funds to local communities for every kilogram of fishing net collected. Provided funds are then administered by local NGO’s alongside the leaders of local fishing syndicates, and focused towards education and waste management programs working in collaboration to prevent various forms of ocean plastic.

The Ocean Collection offers three models made entirely from Bureo’s Net+Positiva fishing net plastic, an incredibly unique, fully traceable, 100% recycled and recyclable fishing net material. The experience and philosophy behind Karün is reflected in the glasses, making sure that the frames durability and quality is within the highest standards in the market. Each model has been inspired by the natural environments, with designs reflecting native whales’ coexistence with their natural habitat off the coast of Patagonia, Chile. The unique eyewear collection is set to launch during the second week of August.

Karün and Boreo will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on August 11 to raise funds for their first production run. For donations of $99 or more, backers of the campaign will be awarded with a pair(s) of sunglasses from the first production run planned for late summer.

About Karün

Karün is an eyewear company based in Chile formed by people sharing values about life and the natural environment. Focused on creating the highest quality eyewear based on beauty and respect for the planet and its inhabitants, Karün is building deep connections with local communities and surrounding environments. Unique eyewear made with timeless craft using noble, natural and recycled materials from the Pacific coast, the desert and the deep native forests of Patagonia.

About Bureo

Bureo is a ventured based in the US and Chile, focused on finding solutions for the growing issue of plastic pollution in our oceans and initiating social change. Bureo’s Net+Positiva program provides fisherman with environmentally sound disposal points, while Bureo receives highly recyclable and durable raw materials. Headquartered in California, Bureo is a participating venture of Patagonia’s $20Million and Change Fund, an internal fund supporting likeminded start-up companies having a positive impact on the environment.

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