Qualified Materials

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Qualified Materials

The ECOBOARD Project Verifies the use of Qualified Materials in boards against a set of qualifying sustainability criteria. This is the most practical and effective method to ensure that any board bearing the ECOBOARD Gold Label or Level One label: has a measurably reduced carbon footprint, uses renewable, recycled and/or up-cycled material inputs, and uses materials and processes that reduce toxicity during manufacturing

Sustainable Surf currently qualifies board building materials from the following companies:

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The tables below list the specific materials that Sustainable Surf has analyzed and qualified for use is ECOBOARDS.

Qualified Resins

Company Product Bio-Carbon Content Level One Qualifying Gold Level Qualifying
Entropy Resins Super Sap One

30%

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Entropy Resins Super Sap Re-Rez recyclable resin

25%

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Entropy Resins Super Sap BRT

21%

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Entropy Resins Super Sap CLR

21%

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Green Room Resin BCE Resin + any standard Green Room hardener

19%

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Pro Link Materials Bio-Link

20%

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Sicomin

Greenpoxy 33 + Surf Clear hardener

25%

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Sicomin Surf Clear EVO + Surf Clear hardener

25%

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Qualified Cores

Company Product Bio-Carbon / recycled Cont. Level One Qualifying Gold Level Qualifying
Marko Foam Enviro-Foam

25% recycled

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We are unaware of any other cores with a minimum 25% recycled or biological content in active production in the marketplace. Please contact us with information of such products for consideration as a Qualified Material.

Wood/timber used as a significant structural element

Type Typical Use
Reclaimed/recycled timber Hollow timber board
Sustainably grown and harvested wood/timber (e.g. paulownia, balsa, hoop pine) with certifications/documentation to verify supply chain practices Hollow timber board, alaia/paipo, solid timber board, deck skin/shell – significantly displacing foam and resin

Wood (timber) is a non-toxic, renewable material that has exemplified the concept of an ECOBOARD for thousands of years. Wood can also significantly displace the amount of foam or resin used to make a board – significantly reducing carbon emissions, provided the wood is sourced in a responsible manner.

Makers of wooden boards who join the ECOBOARD Project are required to provide details on how they source wood used in qualifying boards. 

Note – The use of a simple thin veneer of a renewable material (like bamboo, cork, hoop pine, etc.) laminated on a foam core, will not be deemed as qualifying material. The wood materials should represent a significant percentage of the board’s total material, and/or significantly reduce the amount of foam and/or resin required, and it must provide a significant structural foundation for the board beyond the typical function of a stringer.

Qualifying Criteria

Level One

ECOBOARD Level One makes it easy for any surfboard builder to get started making ECOBOARDS. By using one Qualified Material (core or resin), the surfboard will have a significant reduction in environmental footprint without affecting performance, durability, or quality.

A Qualified Material must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Plant-based, low to zero VOC resin with at least 19% bio-carbon content
  • Foam blank with at least 25% recycled or plant-based content
  • Wood structure that significantly reduces foam or resin content

Further information about getting listed as Qualified Material can be found here.

Gold Level

Informed by Sustainable Surf’s ECOBOARD lifecycle assessment, ECOBOARD Gold Level rewards the top sustainable surfboards and surfboard producers – those with the greatest environmental impact reduction.

To qualify as a material specific to the Gold Level designation, a material must meet the following requirements:

  • Plant-based epoxy resin containing at least 25% bio-carbon content and has received USDA Bio-Preferred certification for all resin components
  • Foam core containing at least 25% bio-carbon or recycled content
  • Has been the subject of a peer-reviewed lifecycle assessment (LCA) – incorporating impact indicators relevant to the ECOBOARD Project’s focus areas – carbon footprint, renewable/recycled/up-cycled inputs and reduced toxicity
  • Demonstrate that qualifying material inputs are sourced from a sustainably managed supply chain

 

Further information about getting listed as Qualified Material can be found here.