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Think plastics are bad for the environment? Take a look at what surfboards are doing

When it comes to ticking off the things that can do damage to the environment, surfboards may not be one of the first offenders that come to mind. But the traditional method of building a surfboard is rife with volatile organic compounds and waste.  Most boards on the market begin with a “blank,” historically made from cheap yet highly toxic polyurethane foam. The shaping process of that blank, either by hand or machine, releases a significant amount of waste in the form of foam chunks and dust. And after draping sheets of fiberglass across that blank, the entire thing is drenched in viscous, acrid polyester resin blended with acetone.  Read more...

 

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