Sustainable Surfing

From the Archive: 09-03-2010

Generally, surfers are considered to be serious nature lovers, but recently the surf industry has come under fire for how the dangerous the bi-products of board production are to the environment.

A traditional surfboard is made with a polyurethane foam core covered with fibreglass cloth and laminated with polyester resin. Polyurethane contains hazardous volatile organic compounds and its production uses large amounts of water, crude oil and energy while emitting methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere!

Shapers worldwide have joined the search to produce environmentally friendly boards that can perform well resulting in the production of biofoam, hemp skins, bamboo fins and even plant based eco-resin.

Hemporium is proud to announce the production of the first locally produced hemp & bamboo surfboards and eco-friendly skateboards.

Contact us for custom boards.

Hemporium has pioneered hemp building in South Africa, starting with “The House that Hemp Built” in Noordhoek Cape Town in 2011.

This house is a showcase for hemp products and includes hempcrete walls, hemp chipboard, hemp insulation, hemp carpets, curtains, couches and more.

We have since been involved in 4 more buildings, including a Soup Kitchen in Khayelitsha.

Hempcrete is the “better than zero carbon” building system. For more information please visit the “USES” section or click HERE for an article on the original house.

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