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History: From Surf to Sorbents

Earthwise x Arctic Foam


Earthwise Sorbents was developed as a sister company of Arctic Foam, a 16-year-old, global leader and innovator of high performance surfboard blanks. At its manufacturing facility, a hose was dislodged from one of the surfboard presses and leaked hydraulic fluids onto the factory floor. Fortunately, Arctic Foam discovered that the surfboard dust produced while shaping boards rapidly absorbed the hydrocarbons from that spill. So rather than sending the foam dust to a landfill, Arctic began repurposing the foam waste into sorbent products for its own use. Now, through Earthwise, the surfboard dust, as well as fabric waste materials from other industries, is being used to produce oil and chemical clean-up products. 

With the rising demand for environmentally friendly and sustainable surfboard materials , Arctic Foam also developed a bio-based based polyurethane surfboard foam. The bio-based foam uses plant-based oils and materials to help limit the use of harsh, environmentally damaging chemicals. This bio-based foam is also being used by Earthwise for its sorbent products. 

Arctic Foam estimates that over 20 tons of polyurethane and bio-based polyurethane foam waste would be landfilled from its factory each year in the absence of recycling. Today Earthwise is working towards its goal of repurposing 100% of polyurethane and bio-based polyurethane waste into high-performing sorbent products.