ECOBOARD Project – Qualified Materials

Our goal is to make it easy for surfboard builders to make great products from greener materials. To that end, the ECOBOARD Project program “verifies” the use of “qualified” sustainable materials in surfboards. This is the most practical and effective method to ensure that any surfboard bearing the ECOBOARD Project label, has a significant reduction in environmental and worker health impacts vs. typical business practices for the surfboard building industry.

Please see below for a listing of specific materials that Sustainable Surf has analyzed and qualified for use in the ECOBOARD Project Benchmark. Manufacturers with new products in development are encouraged to contact us early in the development process, to ensure that their product will meet the Ecoboard Benchmark criteria. These criteria will be updated periodically as the market for qualifying materials evolves.

 

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Qualified ECOBOARD Project Materials: Resin
The Benchmark criteria for surfboard resin requires a minimum 15% biological carbon content of the fully cured resin (the sum of all component parts), and low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). The use of biological feedstocks in resin reduces the use of petroleum and may reduce the lifecycle CO2 footprint of the resin. Eliminating VOC exposure is a significant worker health benefit.

The biological content of resin can be tested through radiocarbon dating according to the ASTM D6866 testing protocol. Resin suppliers are required to provide a copy of test results of their product by an independent testing lab.
Qualifying Resin Products:

Company Product Bio-Carbon Content
Entropy Resin Super Sap BRT 21%
Entropy Resin Super Sap CLR 17%
Entropy Resin Super Sap Re-Rez recyclable resin 29%
Entropy Resin Super Sap 100/1000 37%
Green Room Resin BCE Resin + any standard Green Room hardener 19%
Pro Link Materials Bio-Link 20%
Sicomin Greenpoxy 35 + Surf Clear hardener 35%
Sicomin Surf Clear EVO + Surf Clear hardener 25%

 

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Qualified ECOBOARD Materials: Foam Blanks
The Benchmark criteria for foam blanks is 25% recycled or biological content. Recycled/Bio-based foam can significantly reduce the lifecycle carbon footprint of foam blanks, and also can reduce toxic chemical exposure to surfboard builders.
Foam blank suppliers are required to provide proof of Recycled/Bio-based content in their blanks, which may include a site visit to the factory. Please contact us for acceptable forms of proof of recycled content.
Qualifying Foam Products:

Company Product Recycled Content Bio-Carbon Content
Marko Foam Blanks Enviro-Foam 25%

*Note – We are unaware of any other FOAM blanks with the minimum requirements of 25% recycled or biological content in active production in the marketplace. Please contact us with information of such products for consideration in our Benchmark.

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Qualified ECOBOARD Project Materials: Wood
Wood is a non-toxic, rapidly renewable material that has exemplified the concept of an ECOBOARD for thousands of years. Wood can also significantly displace the amount of foam or resin used to make a surfboard. This produces a significant reduction in lifecycle carbon emissions, provided the wood is sourced in a responsible manner. For example, wood that is reclaimed, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified, or sourced from a local family farm, are all clear options for sourcing a more sustainable choice. Whereas wood sourced from clear cutting tropical rainforests, is not considered a sustainable choice.

Makers of wooden surfboards who join the ECOBOARD Project are required to provide details on how they source wood for their surfboards.

*Note – We will look to consult with several wood board manufactures to create more specific defining criteria that can better address the unique nature of this material. However, it would be fair to say at this point that we would not qualify the use of a simple thin veneer of a renewable material (like bamboo, cork, etc.) laminated on a foam blank, as qualifying as a wood blank. The wood materials should represent a significant percentage of the board’s total material, and it MUST to be providing a significant structural foundation for the board.