Americans create 251.3 tons of garbage per year. The average American yields 4.6 lbs. of trash per day. A product’s material and how its manufactured, determines it’s impact on the environment. When purchased, consumed and /or used, the product is how an individual leaves a mark. The company making your product of interest, with the least possible ecological impact, should be your place to shop.
When updating old surf gear, be open-minded towards more pro-earth choices. Here are a few companies that are creating eco-friendly products for in and out of the water.
Vans shoes is looking to leave a smaller eco-footprint. The children’s 100% organic cotton sneakers are tough, fun and fashionable. Spreading the message of pesticide-free, green living to the youth of today is a shoe-in victory. The footwear for both men and women also sport 100% organic cotton, hemp upper soles, water-based glues and inks and cushiony soles made of recycled tires. Vans shoes are a great choice in helping us walk an earth-friendly path.
For more information, please click Vans.
Matuse wetsuits offers a “geoprene” suit derived from 99.7% limestone. Unlike conventional wetsuits made from petroleum-based sources, the special polymer found in the rock allows the rubber to be more flexible, providing the user with exceptional warmth, yielding better performance. The suit’s material is also closed cell, which makes for virtually no water absorption. This makes the suit feel the same dry as it is “wet.”
There are so many cool attributes to this suit, please click Heaven and Earth for the best way to view “art and function.”
Patagonia is also hip to the surf world in “using business to inspire solutions in environmental crisis.” The wide spectrum of products available incorporate organic cotton, recycled fleece, and hemp. The wetsuits are made from 98% closed cell Japanese neoprene, and are lined with the naturally water-wicking qualities of chlorine-free merino wool. The knee pads are also pvc-free. To find your nearest wetsuit dealer, please click here. In 1999, Fletcher Chouinard started shaping with extruded polystyrene. The closed cell foam has no VOC’s and is a great alternative to the standard polyester surfboard. Please click surfboards to view the latest designs. Since 1985, Patagonia has pledged 1% of sales to the environment. Over $35 million dollars has been awarded to domestic and grassroots, environmental groups. To read more about the alliance of businesses dedicated to preservation, please check out 1% for the Planet.
Matunas Organic Surf Wax hails from the Matunas Farm in Santa Cruz, Ca. 100% of the eco-wax ingredients are grown organically on the farm. The non-toxic, biodegradable surf wax is wrapped in 100% recycled paper. Soy-based ink is used to advertise the Matunas label. Please click Matunas Farm to view their great product.
The products these four companies make are great examples of how surfers promote for a sustainable tomorrow.
In starting the new decade, the organization that you want to support or the next product your interested in purchasing, shouldn’t have rationalized thoughts that “someone else” is consciously active environmentally so “I don’t have to” or “I’ll start tomorrow”. Remember that tomorrow is promised to noone.
If no harm is done while seeking meditation then inner peace will be fulfilled with no regrets.
Be mindful of the water, how you got there and what you use while your in it…Your next experience at the beach may shell out a greater sense of satisfaction the next time you go surfing.
To check out Part 1, please click here.