What is an ECOBOARD?

by Brian Brown February 14, 2019

ECOBOARD Project

Channel Islands is part of The ECOBOARD Project so that surfers can custom order the same high-performance surfboards they expect from Channel Islands – but that are “verified” by nonprofit partner Sustainable Surf, to have much less of an environmental impact…especially on the world’s oceans.

So what is an ECOBOARD anyway?

Custom Channel Islands surfboards made according to the ECOBOARD Project Benchmark can have up to a 40% reduction in environmental impacts to the world’s oceans (if both recycled foam and bio-based resin are used) as measured by lifecycle CO2 emissions. Toxicity and VOC levels of these new materials is also now effectively zero, which also puts a smile on workers faces. In short, this aint Gramp’s old “eco” surfboard – heavy, yellow and low performance… Sustainable surfboard materials have improved significantly in recent years, and are now up to today’s demanding surfer who wants a bright white, high-performance board – that also happens to be better for people, the planet, and our ocean playground.

Construction and Costing:

All ECOBOARDS use: Entropy/Super Sap – plant-based, zero VOC epoxy resin (17% bio-carbon content) (+$125, same as standard epoxy pricing) Available options & materials for your custom ECOBOARD include: (Upcharges below are based off suggested retail on a PU construction board) Marko recycled EPS foam (25% post-consumer recycled EPS) (included via request) – Max length available 6’8” – Max width available 21 ½” – Max thickness available 2 ¾”

An ECOBOARD is a high-performance sustainable board. ECOBOARDS have the same technical performance attributes as any modern water-sport board, while having reduced environmental and toxic impacts – through the use of more sustainable materials and manufacturing processes.

When you see a board displaying the ECOBOARD Level One or Gold Level label we have verified that it has one or more of the following attributes:

• A measurably reduced carbon footprint

• Renewable, recycled and/or up-cycled material inputs

• Uses materials and processes that reduce toxicity during manufacturing

Click here to shop ECOBOARDS!

ECOBOARD Surfboard

ECOBOARD Level One

ECOBOARD Level One

ECOBOARD Level One, makes it easy for any board builder to get started making ECOBOARDS. By using one of the Qualified Materials (core or resin), the board will have a significant reduction in environmental footprint without affecting performance, durability, or quality.

To carry the ECOBOARD Level One designation, a board must:

1) Use at least one Qualified Material in its construction

• Plant-based, low to zero VOC resin* with at least 19% bio-carbon content

• Core with at least 25% recycled or plant-based content, or wood constituting at least 50% of the board by weight

2) Be manufactured by an approved ECOBOARD builder

There’s a minimum $1 (USD) fee per board designated as an ECOBOARD. For detailed information on the Level One designation check out the ECOBOARD Project Program Guidelines.

*Bio-content based on the fully cured resin (the sum of all component parts)

 

ECOBOARD Gold Level

ECOBOARD Surfboard Gold Level

The newest evolution in the ECOBOARD Project, ECOBOARD Gold Level rewards the top sustainable boards and board builders – those with the greatest environmental impact reduction. Informed by Sustainable Surf’s ECOBOARD lifecycle study, boards carrying this label are using more sustainable materials, sourced from responsible supply chains, and made by board builders with improved manufacturing processes.

To carry the ECOBOARD Gold Level designation, a board must:

1) Use at least one Qualified Material with the Gold Level designation, and one other Qualified Material of any level (core or resin*)

2) Be manufactured in a facility that has been Validated to produce Gold Level ECOBOARDS

There’s a minimum $1 (USD) fee per board designated as an ECOBOARD. For detailed information on the Gold Level designation check out the ECOBOARD Project Program Guidelines.

*Bio-content based on the fully cured resin (the sum of all component parts)

 

For more information on the ECOBOARD Project, or their other innovative programs like Waste to Waves, please visit their website at www.SustainableSurf.org

Click here to shop ECOBOARDS!

 

Brian Brown
Brian Brown


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