Building a sustainable surfboard


Posted on Jul 5, 2006 by PPSC in Uncategorized. Comments Off on Building a sustainable surfboard

Surfboard1 As a regular reader of Treehugger.com, I got a kick out of a recent post about efforts to build surfboards out of sustainable materials.  Here’s a quote: “The ultimate goal [of the EcoFoil by OceanGreen] is to produce custom surfboards that are 100% bio-derived, that is, made entirely from natural materials. With the EcoFoil they’re sure getting close. Instead of polyurethane or
polystyrene blanks (core), they use hollow balsa wood from FSC certified Nicaraguan forests. These handcrafted blanks are purchased under fair trade arrangements for the final shaping in
Cornwall, England. Fibreglass is avoided with the application of an organically grown hemp  cloth ‘skin’. This has about 10% of the embodied CO2 emissions of the fibreglass. Research is still underway to find an appropriate sustainable resin to bind the package. Aside from their standard hemp covered models they offer three EcoFoil balsa boards, beginning with a thruster, and moving up through a mini-mal and longboard. Compared to a petrochemically derived board, the EcoFoil is said to be strong and lighter, with more float and less drag.”




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