Over the past 12 months Global Surf Industries (GSI) has been working on a program to eliminate all single use plastics from their surfboard and stand up paddleboard packaging. The exploration to eliminate plastics began by taking advice from an environmental advisory service on what the best practice for packaging is and working with vendors to source the best materials.

In September 2019, GSI moved all production to only use 100% recycled cardboard, 100% recycled paper and 100% recycled paper packing tape in their packaging. All components of the packaging can be recycled helping to form a continuous loop whereby no virgin material is used in GSI’s packaging. These products have already started to flow to the marketplace.

“We see this as a vital first step in the greening of our product offering. We hope you see the value in this initiative and can make small adjustments in your own life that add up to bigger ones over your lifetime,” said Mark Kelly, CEO, Global Surf Industries.

GSI claim that this initiative stops the use of over 300,000 square meters (3,200,000 square feet ) of plastic a year, which equates to approximately 75,000 litres (20,000 gallons ) of oil being used to create that plastic.