For the past decade Marko has been recycling their customer’s post-use EPS material into regrind and blending it with virgin EPS material to create products that have 25% post consumer EPS content. In 2006, Marko applied this recycling knowledge to the blank industry and started their “Surf Green” program. Instead of having their customers throw away the scrap material Marko began to collect their Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) scraps and reprocess that material into reusable EPS regrind. This brought awareness to the green factors of using EPS material, as a result many of our customers started using Marko‘s “Surf Green“ laminate to show that they are backing a much more sustainable surfboard blank. This program helps take the waste that would potentially end up in dumps, beaches and oceans to be recycled and reused in your favorite boards. Marko feels this is a huge step towards making the surfboard manufacturing process much “greener” and ultimately much more sustainable.
Technical Data Sheet
SUPER SAP® CLR Epoxy System– Clear, General Purpose Liquid Epoxy Resin
SUPER SAP® CLR SYSTEM is composed of Super Sap® CLR Epoxy, a modified, clear liquid epoxy resin, with three hardener speeds, Super Sap® CLF (FAST) Hardener and Super Sap® CLS (SLOW) Hardener and our new surfboard specific laminating system Super Sap® CLX (EXTRA FAST) Hardener. As opposed to traditional epoxies that are composed primarily of petroleum-based materials, Super Sap® formulations contain biobased renewable materials sourced as co-products or from waste streams of other industrial processes, such as wood pulp and bio-fuels production. These natural components have excellent elongation and exceptionally high adhesion properties.
SUPER SAP® CLR System is a water clear, UV stabilized epoxy system for applications that require a low color, low yellowing epoxy resin, such as for surfboard lamination and coating. It has an ideal viscosity for a wide range of applications that use hand layup techniques with fast room temperature cures.
WHY CHOOSE SUPER SAP
-Improved mechanical performance
-Formulas catering a wide range of processes and applications
Reduced Environmental Impact:
-50% minimum reduction in CO and greenhouse gas emissions1
– Green chemistry eliminates harmful by-products
– Reduced power and water consumption
Considerations for the Environment & User Safety:
– Agricultural land use
– Reduced harmful by-products such as
-Reduced power and water consumption during processing
-Lowered sensitizing components for increased user safety
Waste and Non-Food Grade Vegetable Oils
By-products of bio-fuels production provide a green chemistry route to one of the main components in our epoxy production. This renewable feedstock replaces additional petrochemical components in our resins with a rapidly renewable resource.