Escapism has long been the essence of surf culture.

 

Being surfers, we are exposed to more pollution than any other people; paradoxically, a significant portion of this toxic pollution comes from industries involved in surfboard production. We  can no longer afford to ignore this escalating environmental crisis. This must be the end of an era of apathetic surfers; this must be the time when those dedicated to riding waves turn from escapism to activism...

 

 

 

 

 

Earth-friendly materials engineered for

high-performance surfboard fin construction.

 

After extensive R&D and testing dozens of materials, we have developed a patent-pending bio-composite designed specifically for fin construction that delivers the fast, agile rides and powerful turns required in demanding surf. Fluid Earth fins start with a special thermoplastic resin made entirely from annually renewable plants. This is compounded with glass fibers made from natural silica, and non-toxic performance modifiers to provide excellent energy retention and durability.

 

Fluid Earth fins are build from our bio-composite material in conjunction with our state-of-the-art recycling program, and carbon-offset manufacturing and shipping practices. Each aspect of our operations has been scrutinized and optimized to create the highest quality fins with the least environmental impact.

 

The future of low impact of surf equipment is bright, and we are constantly striving to improve our fins. Fluid Earth is always developing and implementing the latest eco-friendly material technology to make the best performing, cleanest surf equipment available. Our production methods strike a stark contrast with the conventional surfboard building techniques of the past 50 years. Fluid Earth uses none of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and toxic chemicals commonly used in conventional surfboard and fin manufacturing. Below is a list of some of these materials and their effects on people and animals of the ocean.

 

Toluene Di Isocynate (TDI)

    Use: Polyurethane foam ingredient

    Hazards: Causative agent of Asthma, Carcinogen

Isocyanates

    Use: Polyurethane foam ingredient

    Hazards: Causative agent of Asthma, lung Irritant

Benzene

    Use: Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam ingredient

    Hazards: Carcinogen

Acetone

    Use: Foam and resin solvent

    Hazards: Severe Irritant, Kidney, Liver, Eye, and Nerve Toxin,

                 Reproductive Toxin

Styrene Monomer

    Use: Polyester resin ingredient and emission

    Hazards: Toxin, Severe Irritant, Carcinogen

Xylene

    Use: Polyester resin ingredient and emission, Fiberglass coating

    Hazards: Severe Irritant, Developmental Toxin,

                 Brain, lung, Liver, Kidney Toxin

Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide (MEKP)

    Use: Polyester resin catalyst

    Hazards: Severe Irritant, Reproductive Toxin

Epichlorohydrin

    Use: Epoxy resin component

    Hazards: Carcinogen, Reproductive Toxin

Bisphenol A

    Use: Epoxy resin component, Conventional polycarbonate fin box component

    Hazards: Carcinogen, Reproductive Toxin

Hexavalent Chromium

    Use: Fiberglass coating

    Hazards: Irritant, Toxin

Dioxins

    Use: Sandwich surfboard construction, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) emission

    Hazards: Carcinogen, Mutagen, causes Birth Defects, Diabetes,

                 Immune System Damage

 

"I feel more confident than ever that the power to save the planet rests with the individual consumer."

    - Denis Hayes, director of the Solar Energy Research Institute (1979-1981)

 


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