Surfers Growing Involvement in Ocean Conservation
Surfers in oceans around the world are banding together to help protect our ocean’s natural beauty. Surfers are shredding the “whatever dude” stereotype as they strive to give back to the ocean.
Pro Surfer and environmentalist Greg Long explains, “More and more professional surfers are waking up, being educated, jumping on board, realizing, hey, it’s time to change this lifestyle”(takepart). Other surfers have also voiced their desire to be a catalyst to change the surf world into a powerful force to protect the ocean.
Surfing is directly threatened by climate change and human activities.
Some of the best wave breaks are found near coral reefs, but if ocean acidification and ocean warming continue, it will lead to the extinction of these reefs. Other major threats include habitat destruction and coastal pollution.
Habitat destruction has been caused by humans coming in direct contact with delicate reef and wetland ecosystems. Because all drains lead to the ocean, what we do on land effects what goes on offshore. Now that we know what a growing threat coastal pollution is, it’s up to us to actively change our habits that contribute to this.
Surfers and non-surfers are becoming more informed and curious about how to change the direction of this negative trajectory. Amid the growing discussion of ways to become more environmentally friendly are trends like the straw ban, and the shift to a majority of reusable water bottles. Another key shift we have begun to see is that of brands who are focusing more heavily on sustainability and reduction of waste, as well as a consumer awareness around purchasing environmentally friendly products.
Brands Changing Their Focus
All you ocean lovers need to know, there is still time to solve problems! These issues are growing in public awareness as brands are turning their focus towards environmentally friendly products. There are more and more options for cool and functional products made with special attention to the impact they have on our environment and in turn, our beloved oceans. Not only are new brands popping onto the scene with sustainable manufacturing and materials, but brands we’ve come to love are also jumping on board.
The Banks Journal Approach
Banks Journal is one brand who, in particular, understands how important this movement is and prides itself on being apart of it, while still creating dope products that surfers and beach bums love.
Banks Journal has taken a sustainable approach since day one. Banks, creators and employees alike are bound by the desire to make the world a better place and understand that our actions have a direct impact on the world we live in. Because of this, they voice their opinion that it is our responsibility to make an effort to preserve it.
Making a Difference One Product at a Time
Banks Journal puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to using environmentally friendly products in order to promote ocean conservation.
Checkout some of the lengths they go to to incorporate this mentality into the literal fiber of everything they do:
- Recycled polyester woven labels are used within all Banks clothing (https://www.anchorchief.com/collections/banks)
- FSC® approved paper swing tags are also attached
- Every Banks t-shirt is made with 100% organic cotton, free of pesticides and insecticides.
- Fleece used in Banks Journal products sticks to the same environmental standards as their shirts
- Board shorts are all made from recycled polyester
More Anchor Chief Sustainable Products
Sustainable Surf Certified Eco-boards:
The new Channel Islands OG Flyer, Futures 3 Fins, Spine-Tek EPS 6'0" is not only an incredibly engineered board with SPINE-TEK® technology but is also an ECOBOARD (gasp!). Yes, an ECOBOARD performs just like any modern surfboard while having reduced environmental and toxic impacts through the usage of environmental friendly products and manufacturing processes. The fish will be thanking you for this one! #oceanconservation
Deck made from wood and bamboo material from sustainable sources supply, wood and Bamboo by-product is reclaimed for use in other products, and decks are produced using eco friendly water-based sanding sealers.
Superga Cotu Classic:
You can feel good about this purchase because these cotton classics are made with natural rubber, crepe-textured outsole that offers traction and durability.
All About Eve Dress:
The cute and cool All About Eve Dress is a win! Made using regenerated cellulose, a more sustainable fibre!
What Can You Do as an Ocean Lover?
No longer chuck up the deuces when it comes to ocean conservation but catch the party wave of environmentally friendly products! Continue to educate yourself and be aware of more sustainable options! Checkout and shop more environmentally friendly products at Anchor Chief!