The problem of plastic waste in our oceans is well documented and is a problem that is growing year on year. Five Oceans is a new company that is starting to address the global epidemic of plastic pollution in our oceans, by taking this waste and recycling it into sustainable surfboard fins, called ecoFin.
The simple fact is that there is currently 5 trillion pieces of waste plastic floating in our oceans and this figure is being increased by a staggering 8 million tons a year. Each plastic bottle dumped in the sea takes 450 years to degrade and this results in micro particles of plastic entering the food chain as well as the release of toxic substances into the oceans.
The team behind the ecoFIN project have just launched a campaign on Kickstarter to raise $35000 to take the fins into full production. The team are initially focusing on removing and recycling plastic waste from Bali, which is being swamped with plastic waste daily, but have ambitious plans to roll the project out globally.
So how about the fins? The ecoFIN is 15% lighter than comparable fins and works with all board types in waves up to double overhead. The fin has been designed with a stiff flex at the base, to offer controlled drive, whilst the tip has a responsive flex that helps to accelerate turns off the lip. They also fit all fin systems.
The project is live on Kickstarter right now and there are a range of rewards on offer, and you can pledge anything from $1 just to show your support to $6500, for the opportunity to join the team in Bali and to experience the ecoFIN philosophy and get involved in the process chain from start to finish. A pledge of $90 (limited to the first 100 backers) will earn you a set of the first 100 ecoFINs to roll off the production line that will also be stamped with a unique serial number.
To find out more about the ecoFIN, to back the project and to explore the various reward packages head over to the official Kickstarter page here. We have also embedded the Kickstarter campaign video below this article. Take a look and let us know what you think of the unique new ecoFin and the highly commendable efforts of the team.