OK, so here we are selling what are essentially oil based products that frankly have a pretty bad track record regarding their carbon footprint. The core materials, the process of manufacture and transport add up to bad reading. At the time of writing I am still unaware of too much in the way of research of new more eco friendly materials. It is a tricky dilemma: make super durable boards so less are produced? The problem with that is boards need flex, stiff boards last longer but they do not perform. Now this all makes me a feel a bit sad.
So what can we do? First, from day one we will try to get you on the best board for you. By this we do not mean the most expensive, we mean the one that is the most appropriate for you and your size. This prevents all the trial and error and bad boards. Use our vast knowledge to cut out all the bad purchases and boards that fall apart quickly. Spend a bit more, buy once and get the best
construction you can afford. There are now features that will help the board to stop de-laminating, these are not always obvious by looking at a 2 dimensional image on a web page. The right board will be easier to ride. We want your kit to last for you, to ride it until its un-ridable, then, if you can, recycle it.
Wetsuits are another demon, but what would we do without them, bbbrrrrrr! The more expensive very stretchy suits do not last, all companies now have issues at the top-end. Mid range suits often have a nice blend of strength verses flex and nearly always last longer. Look for suits with limestone washed neoprene. Good zip construction and liquid seal for extra seam strength. If in doubt, call us and we'll advise you more. Most importantly, look after your suit!, rinse it, don't squash it up in a bag for hours on end. When you finally do need a replacement then that's the time to call.
All of our cardboard, paper and plastic is recycled here, we get tons of the stuff but there are ways and means of re using these materials to package goods. We hope you will find a use for these materials too. We have recently subscribed to a greener energy supplier. Using a more environmentally friendly way of producing power is the way we want to go for both our business and personal use. We have gradually reduced all our lighting and power requirements to the least demanding in power use. Better insulation and the eventual use of harvested water will supply our need for toilets etc. It is important to feed back to suppliers on better ways of using sustainable packaging so we liaise with companies on how to achieve this. Packaging is always an uphill struggle. Cellophane is used to encapsulate boards, Wetsuits come in polythene covers. We try to reuse as much as possible to uses as padding when sending goods out.