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Monday, April 25, 2011

Surfer Recycling Ocean Garbage into Surfboards

 Posted April 18th, 2011 on PlanetSave.com by Shelley Tyler


Individuals that physically interact with their outdoors tend to be passionate about preserving it. Hikers, conservationists, fishermen, hunters, rock climbers, and surfers are passionate about keeping their outdoor playgrounds free of pollution.
One dedicated surfer has come up with a business plan to build surfboards from ocean garbage.  Kevin Cunningham surfer and founder of  Spiare Surfboards was so distressed about the ocean garbage he kept running into that he decided to do something creative about it.
As Kevin likes to put it, “It is a dichotomy between the natural and unnatural. Natural materials form my surfboards; conversely, fragments of man-made debris such as plastic and glass are recycled and reused in the skin of the surfboard. Plastic bags woven into a strengthening cloth, plastic bottles cut up and reassembled into fins, and many other possibilities to be explored.
” His plans are initially to produce 100 hand made custom boards with ocean garbage, and if all goes well with the first 100, he plans on seeking outside financing to create an eco-conscious surfboard company using ocean garbage for his boards.  Kevin even points out that if his board’s break they can be re-recycled into building materials.
Kevin should not have a problem getting raw materials for his boards, as the oceans are full of trash. Hopefully, he will be able to help in cleaning them up! A special thanks to Kevin for supplying us with the video.
Read More:  www.SpirareSurfboards.com

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