Moss Eco-Flex accompanies global adventurers on the search for the truth about ocean plastics

Moss Eco-Flex accompanies global adventurers on the search for the truth about ocean plastics

  Moss Research Sponsors Surfers Aboard A Destination Global Good Adventure  5 Gyres Institute partners with Quiksilver Foundation in search of plastic in the South Pacific. Their research lead them to discover world-class surf, beautiful places and people but some disheartening truths about plastic marine debris. Given the nature of the journey, we agreed that an environmentally responsible surfboard would be the best choice of equipment for the leisure part. Accompanied by her Moss Eco-Flex board,  surfer/ researcher Jess Cramp documents her adventures and observations.    rapa nui coastline jess and her moss eco-board journalist kitt doucette mid plunge with his moss eco-board   Rapa Nui to Tahiti: Chapter 1   By Jessica Cramp   Bleary eyed, I peeked out the window to see an emerald green hill dotted with wild horses.  The deep blue on the horizon already beckoned me as I searched for another island in the distance.  Stepping onto the ground felt like I was walking straight off the last page of great novel and into a place in my life that will forever be marked as before and after.  Before I sailed the Pacific.   Thanks to The Quiksilver Foundation, who sponsored my berth, I am embarking on the trip of a lifetime aboard a sailboat to Tahiti, in search of plastic pollution with the crew from 5 Gyres.   For the past 3 days on Rapa Nui I have been lucky enough to explore volcanic craters filled with marshy freshwater, surf a perfect little right hander on my perfect new 5’4 Moss Research Eco-Board, (which was so graciously donated by Jake Moss, Rey at Entropy Resin and Clay...
The Surfer’s Dilemma

The Surfer’s Dilemma

At its core, surfing is a pure activity, which connects human beings with the raw elements of nature in a way that is becoming hard to find in an increasingly developed world. It relies on a healthy and vibrant environment, and provides community, and physical and psychological well being to many of its devotees.   Unfortunately, current practices in surfing are far from Green. The standard surfboard manufacturing process is toxic and emits gases known to deplete the ozone layer and contribute to global warming. It releases VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), which damage the central nervous system, create smog, and contaminate ground water. Surfboards also contain carcinogens. These hazards create a substantial impact to the environment since hundreds of thousands of surfboards are made every year. Since they are neither biodegradable nor recyclable, surfboards are responsible for tons of solid waste entering landfills each year. The larger surf industry includes clothing manufacturers, responsible for environmental and social effects worldwide. This information is far from astounding- a significant industry shift has yet to occur. The core of surfing, the surfboard, has relied on the same petrochemical processes for 50 years. This reality leaves many surfers who are inherently environmentally mined in a hypocritical debacle, counter our better wisdom and the original philosophy of surfing.   Moss Research envisions a new and SUSTAINABLE beginning for surfing…   Since the Clark Foam closure, Moss Research has been innovating techniques for sustainable surfboard manufacturing with a vision of transforming modern surfing. Our Eco-flex™ Technology repurposes industrial EPS waste, replacing brittle and toxic polyester resin with strong and elastic, non-VOC plant epoxy. Our process...