When you finally receive the surfboard that you’ve ordered online, you don’t just get the stick you’ve been fawning over. You’re also left with sheets and sheets of bubble wrap that were used to safely transport your newest prized possession. And if this ain’t your first board, you’ve probably accumulated insane amounts of this plastic wrapping. Now, the real question is – what happens when you’re done with them? Simple. They get thrown out.
Plastics are non-biodegradable materials, which means they take a lot longer to decompose. So when you throw away those bubble wrap, they hang out in our landfills for a good 450 to 1000 years. Fortunately, the surfing community has been working hard to become more environmentally friendly. Do you remember the first recyclable surfboard? How about the “cancer stick” made entirely of 10,000 discarded cigarette butts? Efforts to save and preserve our ocean and to reduce pollution have been vast that it only made sense for these brilliant minds from Boex to come up with a recyclable packaging for our beloved sticks.
Flexi-Hex is made from durable cardboard sleeves, which makes it 100% recyclable, reusable, and adaptable. And when they say it’s adaptable, they’re not kidding. Because of its hexagonal cell structure (that expands to 35 times its compressed form), it can easily fit anything, from a fish to a longboard. You can even use it to package your skateboard!
It’s also very easy to use. Simply align the nose of your board to Flexi-Hex’s opening and slide it down – quick and easy. When you need to put it away, simply slide it back up and it will return to its compact shape, making storage a breeze.
But possibly the best feature of this innovative cardboard packaging is that it’s recyclable. Because it’s made from a biodegradable material, it decomposes much faster (3 months tops!) than its plastic counterpart. Plus, you can reuse it multiple times. Flexi-Hex maker Sam Boex says you can use it for four to five times before you throw it out. Okay, you can also reuse the bubble wrap to re-pack your boards, but honestly, will you?
The only downside I can think of is that it’s obviously not waterproof. Sure, it’s durable but it’s still paper so its lifespan is pretty limited. Good news is you don’t have to feel guilty about Flexi-Hex taking up space in landfills when you do have to dispose of it. You can simply throw it in a compost pit or get it recycled.
All things considered, it’s a pretty neat idea. With Flexi-Hex, you’ve got a packaging solution that would keep your board intact in transit without contributing to the world’s mounting waste products. It’s durable, simple, easy to use and quite frankly, aesthetically pleasing to look at (compared to a board cocooned in bubble wrap).
So if you’re looking to reduce your environmental footprint, this cardboard sleeve is the sustainable alternative to keeping our surfing playground safer and cleaner.
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