From plastic pollution to sustainable skateboards

According to the old adage, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For Northeastern alumnus Ben Kneppers, it’s actually an entire South American country’s trash that he is hoping to turn into a sustainable business.

Kneppers, who received his mechanical engineering degree in 2007, is co-founder of Bureo Skateboards, which aims to reduce the plastic pollution along Chile’s coastline and in its communities by molding it into skateboards.

Bureo is among the 85 businesses out of 1,300 applicants accepted into Start-Up Chile, a government-sponsored accelerator program that provides startups with $40,000 each to put their plans in action. …read more