ECOBOARD Project Benchmark
The ECOBOARD Project label is the first, independent 3rd party, consumer facing “eco-label” for surfboards. It verifies the use of more sustainable materials in surfboards, made with the latest advancements in greener chemistry, recycled and renewable materials.
Our science-based program provides a simple “benchmark” for sustainable surfboard materials. Board builders who use these materials can produce surfboards with significant environmental and worker health benefits from reduced exposure to carcinogens.
|The ECOBOARD Project Benchmark|
|An ECOBOARD must be made from at least one of the following materials:
To source these materials, see the list of approved ECOBOARD Project – Qualified Materials currently available in the marketplace. Only surfboards made from these specific materials are eligible to receive the ECOBOARD Project label.
These labels are individually hand stamped by Sustainable Surf with a unique code for tracking purposes, and then laminated onto the “verified” surfboard during the manufacturing process by the shaper or laminator.
The first ECOBOARD, bearing the “001″ serial number. Shaped by Timmy Patterson for pro surfer Mike Losness, and made from Marko recycled EPS foam. You can see this board being shaped and surfed in the Waste to Waves video.
A surfboard that carries the ECOBOARD Project “verified” label is defined by these three concepts:
- Performance: ECOBOARDs should have equivalent or better performance than boards made from industry standard materials.
- Ease of Manufacturing: ECOBOARDs should ideally require minimal changes in current manufacturing techniques, so that early adoption by the industry is possible.
- Environmental Benefits: ECOBOARDs must have a significant and meaningful reduction in environmental impact as measured by factors such as lifecycle CO2 emissions and chemical/VOC emissions.