In 2012, Sustainable Surf launched the world’s first independent “eco-label” for surfboards. Since then, the ECOBOARD Project has verified the use of more sustainable materials in more than 50,000 boards from nearly 50 shapers globally. The result? Reduced carbon footprints, increased use (and reuse) of renewable, recycled and recyclable inputs, and reduced toxicity.
It’s clear that the ECOBOARD Project has successfully helped the surf community to make, buy and ride more sustainable surf craft. Consumers are buying more and more ECOBOARDS each year from an ever-growing list of ECOBOARD board builders, and the media, from Surfline to CBS NEWS, is talking about the program. Pros are winning on ECOBOARDS, and WSL commentators are taking notice when guys like Jon Pyzel talk ECOBOARDS in interviews.
We’ve made several changes along the way, like introducing Gold Level earlier this year and a launching our new website. 2016 has also seen the introduction of an audit process for large brands and those looking to take the lead and make Gold Level ECOBOARDS; further increasing the integrity of the program, while also allowing us to identify sustainability opportunities for all board builders.
We’re also stoked on the global reach that the program has generated in 2016. We now have more board builders in Europe, South America, Australia, Asia and, of course, North America. Meaning the board riding community can buy and ride an ECOBOARD pretty much anywhere.
Plans for 2017
We are focused on strengthening the program in 2017 so that it delivers even more benefits to ECOBOARD Builders and continues to recognize and reward those going above and beyond. We are in the process of developing resources to help make sustainability-related decisions and will be using our voice to educate even more people about the advantages of building, buying and riding ECOBOARDS.
AND we don’t want to give too much away, but we have some pretty amazing things in the pipeline related to recycling boards, and the continued growth of the program beyond surfboards.
Fee for ECOBOARD designation
To date, we have kept costs to ECOBOARD Builders at zero to low and will continue to make the cost to participate very low. All new board builders that joined the program in 2016 have been paying a fee starting at $1 for each board designated as an ECOBOARD.
It is important that we create a level playing field for all those participating in the program. From January 2017 all ECOBOARD Builders will be required to pay for each board designated as an ECOBOARD in order to help cover the costs of running the program.
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As always, we are here to help and listen. If you would like to discuss any of our plans for 2017, don’t hesitate to drop us a line.