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Embassy of Rethinking Plastic
Handmade surf- and skate-boards, using natural flax fibers as an alternative to fiberglass.

Flax On The Beach Boards

Nicole Reijerman
This project is part of Embassy of Rethinking Plastic

Flax On The Beach is a research into sustainable alternatives to fiber glass in composite materials. This is done with the use of natural fibers, like flax, and laminated with partially plant-based resins. This results in a composite that is largely sourced from renewable materials.

The way surfboards are manufactured has barely changed over the past 30 years, despite new developments in materials. They are still coated with a composite of synthetic resin and fiberglass. The fiberglass releases tiny toxic splinters when worked with, which attack the skin, eyes and airways. None of the standard components are biodegradable or renewable. These same composites are also used in high end skateboards, to make the wooden decks more flexible, durable and water resistant. Replacing the fiberglass with natural plant fibers doesnt just make the boards more sustainable and safer to produce, it also provides an entirely different outlook to the material. These visual properties can be used to design surf- and skate-boards with a unique appearance. Showing off the beauty of the natural fibers its new design possibilities.