Recycling Sytrofoam: from Electronics Box to Surfboard
Care2 recently published a post about the greening of the surfing industry, in which we briefly mentioned Sustainable Surf.
Sustainable Surf is a newer nonprofit based in Southern California that helps the surfing industry and community become examples of sustainability in action. The organization recently launched a new program called Waste to Waves.
The program’s first campaign is “Turn Your Trash Into Slash,” meaning you can give the organization your styrofoam and a Southern California company Marko will turn it into new surfboards. Partner stores in Northern and Southern California have receptacles available for customers’ use, and at least one school group, 7th Grade science class at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, ran a drive to collect community members’ styrofoam for recycling by Waste to Waves.
The campaign and one of Sustainable Surf’s founders was featured on San Francisco’s ABC news recently, explaining how the program works.
Anyone who has ever opened a box of new electronics goods knows that expanded polystyrene (EPS) (styrofoam) quickly breaks up into minute pieces. Kudos to Sustainable Surf for preventing these bits of styrofoam from entering the environment by recycling it into surfboards instead. As a bonus, supporters can enter a raffle to win a surfboard made from recycled sytrofoam.
Photo courtesy of Sustainable Surf