We strongly support the reinstatement of the federal moratorium on new offshore oil drilling. Instead of advocating for transient and environmentally harmful ways to meet America’s oil needs, we should seek a comprehensive and environmentally sustainable energy plan that includes energy conservation.
What about the surfing industry, don’t you use oil to produce surfboards, wetsuits, etc??? If you were to take a closer look at the surf industry you might be surprised:
Surfboards = Homeblown blanks are made from plant based foam
Wetsuits = Matusse and Patagonia use geoprene, which are limestone based.
Sandals = Globe and Ocean Minded use reclaimed or recycled PET plastics on various models
Boardshorts = Billabong and Rusty offer full lines of shorts made from recycled tires, foam and PET plastics
Stickers = Nearly all companies (including Surfrider) switching to Fiberstone. 100% petroleum free stickers
When was the last time you heard of Rawlings making a recycled aluminum baseball bat? …or Riddell making a football helmet out of recycled plastic? …or Nike making running shoes out of recycled bottles. So while the surf industry isn’t perfect, there are not many sports who’s manufacturing entities are doing as much as surfing to front engineer sustainability into their product.