Green Island, NY – September 24, 2013 – Ecovative to Unveil World’s First Mushroom® Surfboards
Next month, Ecovative, a New York based biomaterials company best known for its sustainable packaging materials, will reveal the first ever prototypes of Mushroom® Surfboards. Grown from patented material technology, the cores of these first generation boards are grown with Cradle to Cradle Gold Certified technology and made only in America. This new surfboard core technology will be on public display for the first time at The Boardroom Show in Costa Mesa, California, October 5th and 6th.
Ecovative’s Myco Foam material was first developed in 2007. Since its inception, Ecovative employees, customers, and fans alike have been dreaming of, and asking for, a surfboard made of Myco Foam.
Surfboard cores are typically shaped or molded from Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) or urethane foam. These petrochemical based materials are non-renewable, environmentally harmful, and will persist forever in a landfill. Rather than using traditional foamed plastic cores, Ecovative is growing replacement boards made of renewable materials.
With a core grown from agricultural waste and mycelium (the vegetative growth stage of a mushroom) these boards will eventually decompose when broken, discarded, or lost in the ocean, effectively reducing toxic marine debris. As an added bonus, Ecovative’s Mushroom® Surfboards offer a tunable stiffness to give surfers the options they desire.
Ecovative will premiere this radical new technology on Saturday, October 5th at The Boardroom Show in California. The Boardroom Show brings together “world-class surfboards, shapers, and the industry’s top brands showcasing the latest technology and design.” Ecovative will showcase its first generation surfboard blanks, and pursue collaboration with surfboard manufacturers to advance this sustainable technology.
Melissa Jacobsen or Sam Harrington