Decathlon is selling a board partly made from plastic derived from marine waste.
Made of expanded polypropylene (EPP), the board offered by sporting goods retailer Decathlon reportedly contains 15 percent recycled plastic derived from marine industry waste such as fishing nets. The plastic raw material for making the boards is supplied by Danish recycling company Plastix, which has developed a technology that enables the mechanical recycling of used plastic fibers from the marine industry, such as used fishing nets, trawl nets and ropes, is said. The company supplies granules to JSP, a plastics manufacturer. JSP manufactures the EPP for the boards from it under the brand name ARPRO Ocean. The material is 100 percent recyclable, according to the manufacturer. According to product engineer Edel Leon, it has many advantages such as durability, lightness, buoyancy and waterproofing. At the end of their life, he said, the boards can be returned to Decathlon. "We know there is still a long way to go to make our products more environmentally friendly, but we are making progress and invite our customers to help us by returning their products when they reach the end of their life," sais Pauline Mudry, product manager at Decathlon.