BIC Sport is pleased to announce the launch of EARTH SUP – Deep into Nature, a new range of paddleboards featuring bio-sourced materials with ongoing efforts to improve the sustainability of the product and process. Not only are the boards beautiful, functional and unique, they also extend BIC Sport’s 30 year commitment to environmentally responsible manufacturing. To learn more please see the Press Release and visit the website, www.supearth.com
Founded in 1979 by the Bich family, of BIC Pen fame, BIC Sport grew from the family’s passion for watersports and expertise in manufacturing. With the family’s dedication to human powered watersports came a desire to implement sustainable manufacturing processes in order to preserve the environment in which these products are used. These efforts include minimizing energy use wherever possible, zero gas emissions or pollutants from our factory and recycling of manufacturing by-products wherever possible. We have received numerous awards over the years for our efforts to implement a systemwide sustainable manufacturing process.
While we are proud of these accomplishments in process, we also recognize that similar investigations need to be made on the materials with which some boards are made in order to further reduce our impact on the environment. The result is a new range of products: EARTH – Deep into Nature. Featuring bio-sourced, renewable and/or recyclable materials, EARTH – Deep into Nature is our commitment to stay true to our ethos and continually strive to do better.
Production of EARTH – Deep into Nature products feature the following materials, replacing materials traditionally used while retaining or enhancing technical qualities:
· Flax Fiber Sheets – rail reinforcement/strength (replaces Fiberglass sheets)
· Paulownia Wood – the primary material used in the boards sandwich construction (replaces PVC foam) · Cork – non-slip deck pad material (replaces EVA foam)
But let’s be clear: The materials and processes used to build EARTH boards are not fully sustainable. We still use polystyrene as the foam core material, which is the industry standard and may well be fully recyclable, but it is not perfect. We also continue to use epoxy resins because our efforts to test and source bio-resins has yet to achieve the quality and performance characteristics that would allow us to use them. Our team continually monitors the progress made with these and other bio-sourced materials so that we can incorporate them into our manufacturing process as soon as feasible. The search for a more sustainably sourced and produced range of watersports products is a journey, not a destination. We are fully committed to the path and hope you’ll join us.
More details and product specs: Earth Sup Details