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Thursday, 29 January 2009

Revolutionary new surf eco-initiative: ReSurf Recycling

San Clemente, Ca based surfers Joey Santley and Steve Cox recently launched a creative new eco-initiative, called ReSurf Recycling

"Founded with a mission to clean up the industry, ReSurf Recycling offers the first-ever cohesive plan to recycle all surfboards and the waste associated with their manufacturing, along with neoprene wetsuit scraps from the cutting room floor. Urging both surfers and board manufacturers to recycle old boards and manufacturing waste, ReSurf Recycling has developed a method that recycles somewhat hazardous surfing-associated materials into numerous products including asphalt for paving city roads (californians could find themselves driving over old surfboards!)

Additionally, the organization has invented a method of producing 100% recycled yoga mats made using neoprene scraps generated from wetsuit production and has recently finalized deals with wetsuit manufacturing giants, O’Neill and Quiksilver to recycle all of its domestic unused materials. Most importantly, both recycling methods relieve waste haulers and landfill compliance management companies from the necessity of filling landfills with surfing’s potentially hazardous products."

Of the 1000 boards produced daily in Southern California, 20% of the foam is waste, along with 250 tonnes of CA manufactured wetsuit offcuts, thats a lot of toxic landfill.

Lets hope that this initiative becomes the global industry standard as it sounds like a fantastic endeavour and we wish the guys at ReSurf Recycling every success.

For more infor visit their website:

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