Many surfers are already conscious to the fact that our planets oceans are being polluted more and more , be it oil spills out at seaor trash from the mainland being washed into the ocean. Every surfer I think likes to try and do their bit, from picking up trash on the beach or ocean to using reef friendly skin care products. One thing a lot of surfers are not aware of or don’t even think to question is, the fact that the thing you are riding all these beautiful waves on is one of the most toxic pieces of sporting equipment available on the market today.
Some of the materials used include: fibreglass, polyurethane, and PU [polyurethane foam].Polyurethane (PU) foam is made using toluene diisocyanate (TDI) (a highly toxic and irritating liquid) and polyether compounds. Some types of fibreglass cloth are treated with toxic chemicals like chromium, and breathing fibreglass dust can be hazardous. All of these materials do not biodegrade easily.
This is paving the way for a more eco-friendly and sustainable surf industry to push forward , by using natural materials and reducing our carbon footprint as well as using ethically traded products and using local people to harvest and distribute the materials.
Check out the article by The Orange County Register at https://www.ocregister.com/2019/04/10/surfings-dirty-secret-toxic-pollution-presents-opportunity-for-environmentalists/ for more information on Surfing’s dirty secrets and Toxic pollution.