Did your holiday gifts come packed in Styrofoam? Don’t throw it away!
The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is partnering with a newly formed nonprofit surf organization, Sustainable Surf, to turn Styrofoam waste into surfboards. On January 14, the aquarium will host a foam collection drive to support Sustainable Surf’s Waste to Waves program. Through this program, expanded polystyrene, also known as plastic No. 6 or Styrofoam, will be recycled into eco-friendly surfboards.
According to Sustainable Surf, recycling the foam packaging into a surfboard eliminates 50 percent of the carbon emissions associated with manufacturing a surfboard. The new eco-friendly surfboard boasts the same performance and durability of a board made from virgin petrochemical materials.
Not only does this program reduce the surfboard carbon footprint, but also it helps keep Styrofoam out of the ocean where it is frequently ingested by marine animals that mistake the tiny foam particles for food.
As part of the Sustainable Surf Waste to Waves campaign, people can also bring waste polystyrene foam to surf shops in California that have collection bins.
For more information, visit Aquarium of the Pacific or call 562-590-3100.