Ben Kneppers co-founded Bureo with an eye toward reducing plastic pollution in the ocean—specifically, discarded fishing nets. The company designs and manufactures sustainable skateboards and launched a collection and recycling program in Chile called Net Positiva that partners with local fishermen. To date, more than 50 tons of discarded nets have been pulled from the ocean and beaches.
In this interview you’ll hear all about Ben’s journey from living in a friends closet through the financial crisis, different jobs in different countries, to where he’s ended up. This interview does not follow the more ‘normal’ path of someone wanted to work for themselves and finding a way to leave their office job.
“The world is in a very critical state right now”
Some of the things we discuss include:
- Building relationships with low income communities that are traditionally suspicious of NGO’s (broken promises)
- Reverse Culture Shock and the impact it had on Ben
- Where Ben digs deep for inspiration
- The core values Ben feels all businesses should follow