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Starboard Achieves Gold Level Status ECOBOARDS

Tags: , , Blue Life Choices, Equipment, Plastic Pollution, Solution Strategies
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We feature Starboard as an example of a “Blue” company leading others, sharing innovation and making a difference at the manufacturing stage of their products. We are happy to share this Press Release by Brett Giddings – Programs Manager at Sustainable Surf:
STARBOARD BECOMES THE FIRST MAJOR SUP BRAND TO PRODUCE GOLD LEVEL ECOBOARDS – VERIFIED BY SUSTAINABLE SURF
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The First Gold-Level Board – Verified By Sustainable Surf

Starboard – a SUP and windsurf brand with 25 years of innovative board building and design – reaches Sustainable Surf’s Gold Level status for their Blue Carbon technology board range.
It’s no small task – requiring multiple audits of source materials, building facilities and processes, and for a brand as large as Starboard, commitment to helping the environment on a company-wide level.

End-Grain Balsa Boasts Honeycomb Properties

Starboard’s Blue Carbon technology makes them the 1st SUP Brand to mass-produce a Gold Level ECOBOARD SUP. Gold Level is awarded for using sustainable materials, sourced from responsible supply chains, with improved manufacturing processes.  Working closely with Sustainable Surf, Starboard developed several eco-conscious innovations from scrutinizing the materials used and how they build their boards.

Zane Schweitzer – Sustainable Surf Ambassador

“One of the most satisfying parts of my work is the challenge to redesign our products to lower the environmental impact and achieve higher performance.  Sustainable Surf is setting the goal posts for the industry to not only fast track, but to showcase how quickly and easily it can be to change the way we build better boards for the planet.”

Ollie O’Reilly – SUP Product Manager.

“The team at Sustainable Surf continue to be impressed and inspired by Starboard’s holistic commitment to sustainability and ocean-health. Our mission to protect and preserve ocean health starts with people and brands making better choices everyday – just like the ECOBOARD SUPs produced by Starboard, especially their new range of Gold Level models. We look forward to seeing the next round of eco-innovations from the team at Starboard.”

Brett Giddings – Sustainable Surf.

Eco Innovations involved in reaching gold level include:

Natural end grain balsa replaces PVC foam on the full deck and bottom. “End Grain” Balsa is a natural sandwich structure that is lightweight with incredible sheer strength when compared to conventional petroleum PVC foam. The carbon footprint is actually climate positive, meaning it offsets more than it consumes to use it.

ECOBOARD Project Verified 33% Plant-based bio Resin is used to laminate the entire board.

Main Inserts switching to be made from up-cycled fishing nets sourced from India. Akulon ECO is produced by DSM, a leader in sustainability.

IQ centre carry handle is made from recycled ABS.

All traction pads will be made from post-industrial waste. Recycled EVA has a high UV resistance in some colours than virgin EVA, so the pads stay the same colour for longer. Using recycled EVA reduces the amount of petroleum used by 50%.

Natural Balsa wood is now at the core of all of Starboard’s composite fins, avoiding plastic while improving flex and reducing weight. Balsa core fins made with bio-resin are up to 31% lighter on certain fin sizes.

For every board made, Starboard plants one mangrove tree, absorbing 1 ton of CO2 over a 20 year lifespan.

All packaging for accessories is now made of cardboard, with the exception of the dust bag made out of recycled plastic

In addition, all board bags are made from up-cycled PET from plastic bottles. An average of 52 bottles makes 1 typical bag.

And as an added benefit, Starboard has found most of these up-cycled materials outperform the original virgin materials.

In addition, Starboard is involved with several initiatives to reduce their footprint and impact on the environment:

Carbon Net Positive – Thor Heyerdahl Mangrove Park in Myanmar

Plastic Disclosure Project

SUP kids education program.

Education of local schools about plastic issues.

Sustainably-built offices at Starboard HQ, including solar power.

Frequent community cleanups

Partners for the Oceans with Sustainable SurfParleyTrash Hero and Watertrek.

Political lobbying for stricter plastic policies in ASEAN.

Starboard conducts full Life Cycle Analysis of their company’s carbon footprint available here.

Starboard is taking responsibility for its role in the plastic industry by offsetting their plastic footprint. This involves calculating exactly how much plastic goes into production and are now removing 48 metric tons of ocean plastic in 2018 to create a positive impact on the planet – instead of a negative one. For every board sold – Starboard collects 2 kg of ocean plastic. Starboard’s Plastic Offset Program funds local cleanups and puts a financial value on discarded plastic.

For more information on Starboard Eco initiatives visit Starboard Blue Projects

Humans vs Microplastics: Expeditions and Heroes

Tags: , , Blue Life Choices, Schools, Water - SUP
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Every day we can find our Ocean Advocate and “Blue Life” heroes and heroines sharing their passion and stories online. Sometimes their adventures and journeys seem so large and amazing that we might sit back in awe – and wonder, “What could I possibly do to make in difference in a problem so huge as micro-plastics in the ocean?” (Meet Blue Life Journal co-author Zane Schweitzer making a personal difference each day – featured image)

For example, in collaboration with Parley and supported by TOMRA recycling, the pioneering all-female crew of “eXXpedition North Pacific” recently set sail from Honolulu, Hawaii, on a scientific research mission led by award-winning British skipper, Parley collaborator and ocean advocate, Emily Penn. The voyage will investigate solutions to the devastating impacts of plastic and related toxic pollutants in the world’s oceans, and bring global awareness to three “unseens”: women in science; pollution in our oceans and bodies; and rises in disease, especially in young women. Exxxpedition-north-pacific4

Here’s another recent example from 5 Gyres, their 18th Expedition bringing citizen scientists (including Blue Life Journal co-author Zane Schweitzer) through Indonesia’s Corla Triangle from Bali to Komodo. They sampled microplastics and explored solutions to the problem of plastic pollution. Groups were lead by 5 Gyres Co-Founder and Research Director Marcus Eriksen and 5 Gyres Science Programs Director Carolynn Box.

Through their Asia Pacific Action Against Plastic Pollution program, 5 Gyres is collaborating with NGOs in Southeast Asia to highlight and scale zero-waste efforts in the region. Data collected on this Expedition will be incorporated into their global dataset of microplastics, used in the update of 5 Gyres’ Global Estimate of Marine Plastic Pollution study.

That expedition exemplifies 5 Gyres’ “science to solutions” model, leading to a better understanding of the global scope and trends related to ocean plastic pollution. It will help us monitor the efficacy of upstream solutions over time. ( Learn more about the NIX 6 – what WE can do)

Upstream solutions – WE are the upstream. WE are the ones who can (one by one) turn off our personal “plastics into the ocean” tap. When the gushing stream of plastics into the water, land and air is so huge it might seems that turning off (or turning down) our own little tap is almost meaningless.

blj-new-bright-coverThis is absolutely NOT the case, and we all know it in our heart. We make a “blue life” choice and write about it in our Blue Life Journal. We share it on our social media, we talk about it in conversation with a friend, we turn down our tap.

More importantly, we connect with others who begin to do the same. We may not be on an expedition in Indonesia, we may not be measuring plastic across the oceans of the world – but we are leading change where it will matter most. Our personal habits and choices will turn off the taps where it is need most – UPSTREAM from the plastic garbage patches killing our oceans. (Get your Blue Life Journal and start today)

Never think your choices are less important – remember that collectively we created the problem as a human member of the plastics dilemma. Together, we are the ones who will solve it.

We offer a Blue Life Curriculum to teachers in grades 4-8 at NO CHARGE. Includes:

  • Comprehensive Teacher handbook
  • All slide decks (with online video)
  • List of each You Tube video for ease in obtaining “green light” for use in the classroom
  • Scripts for each slide deck (PDF)
  • Worksheets for each slide deck (Google Forms and PDF)
  • PDF (printable) copies of the Blue Life Journal for Kids
  • Explanation and Alignment to standards (Technology, writing, character education, environment, STEM careers, Service Learning)
  • Access to additional/optional activities
  • Resources and Supplemental Materials for expanding as interest dictates

If you are interested in learning more, fill out the form on our CONTACT page. If you already have a program that includes journal writing, character education, environmental studies, a “green” club or a focus on STEM careers, you will love the Blue Life Curriculum. 

Our mantra we hope you adopt with us: ONE + TOGETHER = HOPE.

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Our BLOG is meant to be a dynamic CONVERSATION. Rather than solely sharing the Blue Life author’s ideas or insights, CONVERSATIONs will be exactly that – communication we have with others. Who knows – it could easily be a conversation with YOU!

FOLLOW our conversations and stay active in them.

If you would like Blue Life Journal co-author, Judy Shasek, MS, to create the Blue Life curriculum to complement environmental or character education/journal writing for your school, CONTACT  HERE

If you would like Blue Life Journal  co-author, Zane Schweitzer, to have a workshop or speaking engagement with your group, you can CONTACT him here.

Zane Speakers Kit – Connect with Zane for Events and Workshops 

Click to enjoy a sampling of our CONVERSATIONS

The Journey Begins

Humans vs Microplastics: Expeditions and Heroes

Small Goals = Blue Life Actions That Can Connect Millions

You Asked: Give Me Some Blue Life Ideas

Your Passion is the Solution 

Soap – A Simple Choice?

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