Thursday, April 27, 2017

Surfboards Made From Lemongrass Could Help the Environment

If you follow our blog, you know we have posted several posts about surfers and designers who are coming up with ways to make surfing more environmentally friendly. You might be thinking that surfers love the environment. And of course, they do. They thrive on its well-being. But as consumers in general, we often have very little idea of the resources it takes to create what we consume. One has to be incredibly aware to make consumer decisions that help—not hurt—the earth and its inhabitants. 

Thankfully, there are a number of people who are concerned about the byproducts from creating surfboards. One of these individuals is a farmer named Meg McDougall from Australia's Golden Coast. She is making prototypes of lemongrass surfboards that could prove promising in the future of eco-friendly boards. According to an article from The Intertia, McDougall found that in the lemongrass,
"the vascular system of the lemongrass plant has a foam-like structure that floats when processed and waterproofed."
McDougall has been growing lemongrass for the last five years and has found the crop is incredibly versatile. She has been making miniature prototypes, but has plans to work with a surfboard company in Currumbin, Australia to create full-sized prototypes this year. 

Several of the benefits of using lemongrass are that it is lightweight and yet incredibly strong. Also, the entire plant is used in the process so there are no byproducts. And lastly, lemongrass is native to the Golden Coast so it is easy to produce.

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