Jenga is a much loved game enjoyed throughout the world. Now the popular building block game, traditionally made from wood, has now been recreated in recycled plastic format as Jenga Ocean.
Made from 100% recycled fishing nets, Jenga Ocean is a collaboration between the founder of Jenga, Robert Grebler, and Bureo, known for their skateboards made from recycled fishing nets.
Under the Bureo process, plastic fishing nets are collected, made into plastic pellets and formed into Jenga blocks.
The special edition version of Jenga, featuring threatened marine animal block designs, encourages players to “Save the Animals” through special edition rules. Learning about the damaging impact of discarded fishing nets, which account for 10% of plastic pollution in the ocean, Ocean Jenga players gain an understanding of how discarded nets are harming marine animals, and learn about what they can do to help.
The collaboration between Bureo and Jenga came about when Robert Grebler, founder of Jenga and world record holder, approached Bureo at the 2015 Ocean Film Festival with an idea to incorporate Bureo’s recycled materials into one of the most well known “board games” in the world.
Jenga Ocean, which is made from over 25 square feet of nets, features the artwork of surfer and artist, Lake Buckley.
Bureo’s recycling programme in Chile, ‘Net Positiva’, provides fishing net collection points to keep plastic fishing nets out of our oceans. The documentary (video below) takes an in-depth look into Bureo’s Net Positiva programme.
Bureo’s Net Positiva programme helps protect wildlife and supporting local fishing communities through financial incentives.
Jenga Ocean is available to buy online from Bureo
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea