|Approved to make||
Ecoboard Level One and Ecoboard Gold Level
|Brand Description||“Firewire believes that the combination of EPS/Epoxy and other high tech materials is where the future of surfboard technology lies. Our goal has always been to combine high performance surfing with increased durability resulting in a more sustainable surfboard that increases the fun factor for everyone who rides them. After multiple WSL event wins over the years, and more recently, Kelly’s endorsement of our company by way of his majority stake in Firewire, we believe in our proven track record for innovative designs and technology. The future under your feet.”– Mark Price, CEO|
|Ecoboard Audit Results||Firewire’s Thailand manufacturing site was audited by Sustainable Surf. The company has effective processes to ensure approved materials are used in boards using both Ecoboard labels.|
|Surfboard Sustainability||Firewire is dedicated to building high performance surfboards and accessories through innovative design, materials and construction methods. They strive to do so with the lowest possible impact on the environment while also giving back to the global surf community through support of various environmental and humanitarian organizations.
Firewire embraced the ECOBOARD program from day one with the introduction of our TIMBERTEK models. The combination of sustainably grown Paulownia wood deck skins and bio-resin throughout, qualified TIMBERTEK for ECOBOARD verification.
In July of 2014 Firewire converted their entire production to Entropy Super Sap bio-resin, and thereby qualified every Firewire board for the Ecoboard Project.
In addition, the Paulownia wood used in the Timbertek boards is sourced from a certified, sustainable resource, and also includes a 20% recycled content EPS core, and 30% bio content Entropy epoxy resin.
|Energy||Firewire has a strong focus on energy efficiency. The Thailand site is currently exploring options for renewable energy.|
|Waste||Waste is minimal for a surfboard manufacturing process. An onsite EPS recycling program is in place.|
|Packaging||Firewire uses BAST recycled content/recyclable packaging for most board ranges. Alternatives are being explored for other packaging used.|
|Health and safety||Worker health and safety (WHS) is at a very high standard. The site proactively promotes and enforces WHS – examples providing appropriate personal protective equipment, emergency response stations, and mandating helmet use for motorcycle and scooter riders entering the site.|
|Contact Name||FIrewire Surfboards|
|Contact Phone||(760) 893-8702|
|How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In?||Order from a dealer.|
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ECOBOARD Gold Level
Ventana Surfboards & Supplies sells hollow reclaimed wooden surfboards, bodysurfing handplanes, eco apparel and sustainable surf supplies that are loved by adventurers everywhere.
The Ventana team lives and works in Santa Cruz, California where they test their products on some of the most challenging waves on the planet.
Ventana donates at least 5% of profits to ocean conservation. They are an online store and wholesaler with occasional pop-up shops in California.
|Ecoboard Audit Results||Ventana’s Santa Cruz-based manufacturing site was audited by Sustainable Surf. The company has effective processes to ensure approved materials are used in Gold Level qualifying boards.|
Ventana’s surfboards are produced from reclaimed, recycled and repurposed materials and finished with Entropy ONE bio-based resin.
Wood is generally locally sourced, up-cycled from waste produced by local organizations – giving each board a unique sustainability story. For example, boards may contain Santa Cruz Guitar Company Indian rosewood, redwood floorboards from a Santa Cruz mansion, Alaskan yellow cedar from Monterey Bay Aquarium benches and walnut offcuts from a cabinet shop in Santa Cruz.
The rails on Ventana’s boards are made of sustainably-sourced oak cork. This not only provides a beautiful aesthetic to each board, it also results in a more robust, impact-resistant structure.
Fins are also handcrafted from reclaimed wood and glassed in Entropy bio-resin.
|Energy||Ventana applies the same ‘no-waste’ principles that are part of their board manufacturing process to energy management on site.
All machinery and lighting is turned off when not in use, and the layout of the production space takes advantage of natural light.
Being a leased property, Ventana has committed to taking the lead on discussing options for green energy purchasing with the current landlords. With two other Ecoboard builders within the complex – this is a great approach.
|Waste||Waste is almost completely designed out of the Ventana board building process:
|Packaging||N/A – Boards are generally hand delivered.|
|Health and safety||In addition to eliminating foam, the exclusive use of bio-epoxy results in a low-VOC process. Appropriate personal protective equipment is used on site.|