15 May 2018
15 May 2018
Sicomin has received the ECOBOARD Project Gold Level qualification for its range of bio-based epoxy resins.
The certification applies to Sicomin’s GreenPoxy range that now consists of five resin systems.
The ECOBOARD Project is an independent third-party consumer-facing certification programme for surfboards, designed and managed by environmental non-profit Sustainable Surf. The programme’s focus is on helping surfers to make better buying choices and supporting board builders to make the shift towards more sustainable materials and technologies. Since the foundation of the ECOBOARD Project in 2012, more than 150,000 surf, kite and windsurf boards, plus SUPs, have been made by nearly 200 brands that carry the ECOBOARD Project Level One logo. This requires the use of either a plant-based, low-to-zero VOCs resin, or a core with at least 25% recycled or plant-based content.
ECOBOARD Gold Level is the latest and more stringent certification and all of the components in boards labelled ECOBOARD Gold Level must consist of ECOBOARD-qualified materials, such as Sicomin’s range of GreenPoxy resin systems. A significantly high percentage of the carbon content of these industry-proven formulations is from plant and vegetable origins, as specified in ASTM D6866 standard, and they represent over a decade of intensive development work.
The range includes:
“Our next generation bio-based epoxy systems represent a major step forward towards a petrochemical-free system derived from renewable resources, whilst delivering tough, strong and durable bonding on most surfaces and allowing easy processing,” comments Philippe Marcovich, President of Sicomin. “The auditing process for achieving ECOBOARD Gold Level was tough. We believe, however, that this certification illustrates the true sustainable contribution our products have to offer to the water sports, composites, winter sports industries, and beyond.”
“The ECOBOARD Project shows people all around the world that choosing a more sustainable product doesn’t mean sacrificing performance or quality," comments Brett Giddings, Sustainable Surf. "The world’s best stand-up paddle athletes, like Zane Schweitzer and Connor Baxter, are winning world titles on Starboard ECOBOARDS made with Sicomin bio-epoxies. Kiteboarding legend Ruben Lenten recently launched the world’s first Gold Level kiteboard in partnership with Lieuwe and Sustainable Surf, proving ECOBOARDS also work in the air. There is really no reason to order anything other than an ECOBOARD.”
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