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Recycling Sytrofoam: from Electronics Box to Surfboard

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.

 

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Photo courtesy of Sustainable Surf

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3:15PM PST on Jan 7, 2014

brilliant idea!

8:04AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:09PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Yeah!!!! Still if we could get away from using styrofoam it would be even better.....

5:14AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Now we need something like this in other states, make them into boogie boards for lakes or something useful.

3:16AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Good to hear!

1:22AM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

Yes, steps forward!

6:11PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Good news!

7:21AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

YES! finally a way to reuse styrofoam!

11:29AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

awesome thanks for sharing!!

2:06AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

very cool. we need more people working like that!

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