Sicomin and NOTOX Develop Bio-Resin for Surfboards

30 May 2017

Sicomin and NOTOX Develop Bio-Resin for Surfboards

Sicomin and French surfboard producer NOTOX have created a bio-resin formulation designed to minimise environmental impact and support greener production methods.

GreenPoxy 56 is now used to manufacture the entire range of NOTOX greenOne short board, long board, SUP models, kite surfboards and the newly launched Korko board.

When NOTOX was established in 2006, the founders' vision was clear – to provide surfers with boards that respect nature and to protect the people that produce them. The company was looking to offer the market an alternative range of boards that were not produced with standard glass reinforced polyester polymers and shaped polyurethane foam cores. Although these traditional materials delivered clear performance benefits and helped elevate surfing to a high performance sport, the products emit toxins that have significant environmental and human health impacts, Sicomin reports. NOTOX approached Sicomin in 2009 and together the companies began their development programme.

Sicomin had anticipated the rise in demand for naturally derived epoxy systems and was already in the process of developing its first bio-resin, GreenPoxy 56. The product contains over 51% carbon content which is sourced from plant and vegetable matter, the highest level available on the market, the company says.

NOTOX used GreenPoxy 56 for the construction of its first greenOne board design, a hybrid short board. The prototype boards were constructed with EPS foam that contains up to 100% recycled content and is guaranteed to be HCFC free. A quadraxial flax fabric is then applied to minimise torsion and bending in the board, followed by the application of GreenPoxy 56 for vacuum lamination to promote lightness, strength and dynamics. This system provides a clear and waterproof coating and a robust, hard wearing gloss laminate.

NOTOX strives to achieve the lowest carbon footprint possible and sources 80% of its products in France and 20% in Belgium. The boards are then assembled at the NOTOX facility in Anglet, France, under strict quality and environmental control standards labelled Ecoride Gold. The boards are trialled on the challenging surf beaches of the Basque region in South West France on the Atlantic Coast.

When comparing the eco-credentials of a standard surfboard versus a NOTOX greenOne board the results are striking, Sicomin claims. For example, a standard board contains 0% recycled materials and is produced from polyurethane foam, fibre glass and polyester resin and generates around 6 kg of production waste. The greenOne board made from recycled EPS, Sicomin's GreenPoxy 56 bio-resin and flax fibres amounts to only 1 kg of production waste.

"Providing surfers with boards that match their core values is our aim," comments Pierre Pomiers, R&D Consultant Expert at NOTOX. "We are constantly striving to produce the most eco-responsible and sustainable products possible and through our technological synergy with Sicomin we have achieved this."

The GreenPoxy product range now encompasses GreenPoxy 33, GreenPoxy 56 and the newly launched InfuGreen 810. These products contain bio contents of 28-51%. The entire GreenPoxy range is available in high volume, industrial quantities and is certified by the American BETA laboratory and French CNRS and tested in accordance with Carbon 14 measurements (ASTM D6866 or XP CEN/TS 16640).

Photo provided by Sicomin

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