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With the environmental effects of pollution about to reach this planet's breaking point, now is a better time than ever to consider your choices for more sustainable options. Thankfully there are efforts from within our industry that are setting a worldwide example of the kind of simple change that can make a big difference. Here at Boardcave we are backing these notions by promoting brands efforts to be more renewable in their product manufacturing process in hope that others will follow their example.

Sustainable Choice eco board

Sustainable Choice

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If you are looking for sustainable surfboard choices on Boardcave U.S.A look no further than those utilising a Flax Construction. This construction starts with Marko EPS Enviro-Foam, a blank that is made with 25% recycled EPS regrinds and surfboards scraps. Unlike standard PU foam EPS can be recycled making it the obvious choice for conscious consumers. This recycled EPS foam is considered to be even stronger then standard EPS due to the tighter fusion between the foam beads. You will find this foam in the core of all sustainable surfboard constructions including those encased in wood (timbertech).

Dave Rastovich holding a Flax Surfboard eco board by Gary McNeill
Dave Rastovich surfing a Flax Surfboard eco board by Gary Ncneill
Professional Surfer and Environmental Activist Dave Rastovich with his signature Torus Twin and Torus Drive in Flax Cloth and Bio Resin Construction.

Flax Cloth Eco Board Material

Flax Cloth is used as a fiberglass alternative, it is a 100% natural and renewable product derived from the stalks of the flax plant. It has proven to be a winner amongst other fibreglass alternatives due to it’s durable natural fibres that flex and absorb vibrations. Not only does this dynamic material lend itself perfectly to the performance needs of a Surfboard, it looks great.

Finally the use of Bio Resin is used to laminate the cloth. Unlike regular surfboard resin, Bio Resin is extracted in majority from plant and vegetable origins rather than chemicals like acetone. They almost emit 0 VOC’s (Volatile organic compounds) in the air compared to their highly toxic PU/PE cousins making it less toxic to produce and work with given the right precautions are taken.

Old habits die hard in the surfboard industry which is why, despite its inevitable destination of landfill, polyurethane foam is still the most popular surfboard construction. What makes it the most popular? For professional surfers it has said to have a more consistent feel which they rely on when competing. For Shapers it most likely comes down to supply on demand. As surfers ourselves all we can do is consider our options and order boards to last.

Check out the range of Boardcave U.S.A curated sustainable surf products below and get in contact via chat if you require any more help making sustainable choices.

The good thing about fins is that they are a lot more durable then Surfboards, If you take care of them one set could potentially last you a lifetime. The team at Futures have gone one step further by partnering with Netplus, a program that is recycling fishing nets into a material that can be used to manufacture a broad range of products. According to Netplus discarded fishing gear accounts for an estimated 10% of the oceans plastic pollution and their aim is to reduce this. The Alpha series fins by Futures and Netplus are incredibly lightweight and great for high performance surfing, view our range above. Bureo Netplus Recycled Fishing Net Futures Fins Alpha



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