Surfprint

What the hell is a surfprint?

Well, every trip to the beach, every surf trip, every new board bought, every wetsuit and booties ordered off the internet has a carbon footprint. See an article written by one of our founders.

Myth; Epoxy Surfboards are better for the environment, they are not necessarily,  they have a larger carbon footprint and are only better for the environment if they last longer than a standard PU surfboard, which they are meant to but its down to the surfer to look after it -  so fix your dings straight away!

A carbon footprint can be calculated by understanding the steps up to manufacture and production, any transport and any extra emissions created by the use of the product, this is called a products life cycle (cradle to grave).

Extraction;

The harvesting of the raw materials to make our equipment; e.g. Oil or gas out of the ground.

Processing;

Turning the oil into each constituent part e.g. neoprene is petroleum based, but must first be processed, don’t think rubbing crude oil all over you is going to keep you too warm.

Manufacture;

Putting each constituent part together to make the product; shaping the board by hand (electrical tools) or having it machined shaped, all require energy therefore produce CO2.

Transport;

many of our surfboards, wetsuits and wax aren’t always made in our home countries, each raw material has to be transported from extraction to processing to be manufactured then to the wholesaler, retailer, and then we have the finished board is eventually in our hands; surfboard miles are getting bigger with the arrival of ‘cheap’ imports from Taiwan and China.

Travel;

We all try and get away to warmer uncrowded perfect waves but that flight we bought from that cheap airline that was half empty, has an environmental impact as CO2 is released directly into the atmosphere

Usage;

During the lifetime of a product it creates extra Carbon Dioxide, e.g. repairing a surfboard creates extra CO2 but is essential to making the board last longer, environmentally it is better to keep repairing a board rather than buying a new one after every ding.

Disposal;

Where does you board go when it’s dead? Landfill most of them time; where it’s going to sit for thousands of years.

We can do a lot more! See how to reduce your Surfprint... 

Surfprint - Hannah Bevan, Rodd Owen and Adam Laister


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