Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What exactly is the environmental impact of surfboards?

According to Berkley grad student and scientist, Tobias Schultz, it is not as significant as commonly thought. Tobias performed a 'cradle to grave' study on the environmental impact of a surfboard throughout its life time - from the raw materials used to make it, the chemicals emitted during shaping and its eventual disposal - and concluded that the positive environmental impact created by surfing outweighs the negative effects of surfboards.

He specifically mentions increasing environmental activism and awareness among the surfing community and campaigns such as "Save Trestles" and the thousands of beach clean up days hosted by surfers around the world every year. In short, Tobias says that while we all need to continue to make strides towards a smaller footprint through more efficient vehicles, eco-friendly boards and waste management, so far surfing has achieved a net gain when it comes to the environment.

You can read the full article here.

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