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by Laura Topolovich September 23, 2018

Wave Tribe

Yes, you read that right.

What if someone came up with edible plastic? Wouldn’t that be totally rad?

Published by Wave Tribe

I was browsing my Facebook newsfeed recently when I saw this totally awesome video about edible plastic pods.

It’s called Ooho, and it was developed by a London-based start-up company, Skipping Rocks Labs, which is seeking to create sustainable alternatives to single-serving plastic bottles.

The average American buys about an average of 13 single-use bottles per month, which he promptly throws away after using.  

That’s about 50 billion plastic drinking bottles per year which end up in our landfills or clog our waterways.

These plastic eventually end up in the ocean where they accumulate into a gigantic floating island of plastic the size of Texas off our coast.

Now, these guys at Skipping Rocks Lab are trying to stop future billions of bottles from reaching the ocean by addressing the root cause of the problem. Stop the use of plastic by providing a biodegradable, eco-friendly and cool alternative. Ingenious, right?

Just the company after my own heart.

Seaweed Packaging

Now, you might wonder how the hell can Ooho plastic be edible. As it turns out, it’s not exactly plastic the way we understand it.

Ooho is made from seaweed, which means it can be eaten whole. The” bottle”-or bubble, really- is created through the process of spherification, which results in an edible membrane or capsule. Ooho can hold any liquid from soap to soda and can be made with any color and flavor. The best part: it will biodegrade naturally in 4-6 weeks.

According to the start-up, the process in producing one Ooho creates five times less carbon dioxide, nine times less energy than producing one real plastic bottle. And it only costs 2 cents to make!

A Wave of Game-changers

So now, that got me thinking. After recently writing about the threat of plastic pollution in our oceans in my blog, I wondered who else in the whole world is thinking along similar lines.

Because every little bit of support helps. And if we can spread our collective eco-awareness by amplifying information about these initiatives, then hopefully, there will be enough momentum to support a paradigm shift in our collective need for plastic.

It’s like chasing a wave. The wavelet starts small but then, pushed by wind and joined by others, it becomes a swell. When it reaches the land, it changes form and gets higher and higher, until it can no longer support itself and it breaks, becoming surf and dispersing through the wide shores.

So, here are some of the ingenious green initiatives that I have dug up so far on the internet.

"The process in producing one Ooho creates five times less carbon dioxide, nine times less energy than producing one real plastic bottle."

— Derek Dodds, Wave Tribe Founder

Surfing on Mushrooms

This idea seems so out there, but it really is true. Mushrooms are invading the eco-design industry by replacing many toxic materials that are used in eco-gear.

The conventional surfboard is toxic and loaded with materials that, when discarded, won’t degrade into the environment. That is because the board material is made from polyurethane foam which is wasteful to produce and coated with a resin which is equally toxic enough that when it peels off into the ocean, it will poison any marine creature swallowing large amounts of it.

Now Ecovative Designs has discovered a way to create sustainable surfboards by using mushrooms grown from farm waste. The mushrooms are then harvested and dried into Myco Foam, which is just as strong and sturdy as conventional surfboard foams, but will naturally decompose when broken or discarded in the ocean. Not only do they cost less to produce but they also reduce the surfing industry’s carbon footprint.

French fries as Plastic Bags

Well, not really. It’s the leftover potato residues from the production of French fries and potato chips that are being combined with polyurethane to produce a bioplastic bag that is thinner but stronger than conventional plastic bags.

Starch-based bio-bags are actually being used now for a variety of pharmaceutical and agricultural applications. If adopted on a wider commercial scale, this would actually be a really good alternative for the plastic shopping bags that we generally use today.

Edible Spoons and Forks

Next to straws, plastic spoons and forks are one of the common plastic items that end up in the ocean killing off marine wildlife. Now, what if edible utensils were included in your next take-out order? Cool, right?

 Bakeys Edible Cutlery creates fantastic vegan spoons and forks which even come in three flavors. These are all natural, and you can actually eat them afterwards—or if you don’t, it will just decompose naturally.

Made of sorghum flour, these utensils can last for an average of three years when stored properly. Also, it costs less to produce; according to a company representative, “Of the energy it takes to produce one plastic utensil, we can produce 100 sorghum-based spoons”.

Plastic Bags from Cassava

In Southeast Asia, Avani Eco has developed the cassava root crop to become a primary material in their rain ponchos and bio-bags. Using a simple recipe of cassava starch, vegetable oil, and organic resins, they created a biodegradable and compostable cassava plastic.

The best part is that it looks, feels, and performs like plastic but it’s 100% eco-friendly. It’s also now being used for hospital covers.

Hemp for Bioplastics

Add another gold star for this ‘lowly’ weed. From textile to automotive furnishings, hemp has proven to be to a versatile and natural resource. Now, hemp is being considered as a feedstock for 3D printers because it’s affordable, toxin-free, recyclable and abundant. This means that in the future, as 3D printers become more affordable and available, people will be printing stuff made out of hemp-based material.

Our Own Bit of Contribution

Here at Wave Tribe, we use hemp as the main material for our world-class surfing board bags. It’s our own way of showing that surfing as a sport need not be an ecologically toxic endeavor and that there are sustainable alternatives out there.

Our products are crafted with a desire to be ecologically innovative because we want to rebuild the symbiotic relationship between surfing and the ocean. You can’t do that if you’re using toxic and unsustainable eco-wear and gear. Or contributing to that massive plastic junk of an island floating between California and Hawaii.

So this is why I am so stoked to learn about initiatives like the edible plastic pods and mushroom surfboards. Because this means that we are slowly raising the profile of sustainability in the mainstream arena.

It’s certainly far from becoming a swell, but I’m optimistic that it will get there. And when it comes, we’ll all surf the green wave into a better and sustainable future for the next generation.

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Size Chart

Surfboard Leashes

You Break It We Replace It in First Year. 

Buy a leash closest to your board size—i.e. for 6'4 surfboard you need a 6' leash. 

All leashes are 7mm thick, competition leashes which are lighter/thinner 5.5 mm. 

Pioneer Day Boardbags - Fits One Surfboard

All boardbags have +2 inches. Thus a 6'6 board fit's perfectly in a 6'6 boardbag. All Pioneer bags have expandable fin gussets, so you can keep your fins on your board in the bag—or you can roll with glass-on fins.

Pioneer Sizes:

All bags have interior pockets (fins, leash and wax), bags fit industry standards. 

Our 8'6, 9'6 and 10' bags have fin slots and round noses. 

Pioneer bags also have an exterior pocket and zip all the way to the nose.

Travel Bags - Fits Two Surfboards

All Global boardbags have +2 inches, so if you buy a 6'2 boardbag, the real length is 6'4—thus you have a bit of room to play. 

Global Travel Bag Sizes:

Travel boardbags are 6'-8' inches deep to accommodate two boards—though you can travel with one in these bags without a problem—there are two interior pockets for leash, wax, and fins.

Surfboard Travel Bag Pockets Fin Wax Leash

Travel boardbags have two padded boards separators and two pockets for your gear. 

* Travel boardbags also have 13mm + 13mm of extra padding in the nose and tail.

Travel Bags with Wheels - Fits Two Surfboards

New in 2016 is the double travel bag with wheels. Sometimes you want a smaller bag with wheels, now you can have it. All Global boardbags have +2 inches, so if you buy a 6'2 boardbag, the real length is 6'4—thus you have a bit of room to play. 

Global Travel Bag Sizes:

Travel boardbags are 6'-8' inches deep to accommodate two boards—though you can travel with one in these bags without a problem—there are two interior pockets for leash, wax, and fins.

Wave Tribe Wheelie Surfboard Travel Bags

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* Travel boardbags also have 13mm + 13mm of extra padding in the nose and tail.

Boardbag Material & Hardware - All Bags

Side A of the bag is made from a strong density Rugged Eco Hemp exterior which is one tough fiber and naturally built to last with high impact padding protection with Rebound Foam Dynamics including open-to-nose technology.

Side B is the reflective (rental-car-roof-side) made from Reflective Energy Shield for "Cooler Surfboard Safeguard" protecting your surfboard from the sun's harmful rays made from an alloy-steel mesh weave.

All Sides are guarded by our Japanese Never-Rust-or-Break Nickel Platted Zippers streamline zipper trails and our trademarked Easy Flow Zip System.