Fanatic continues to proudly display the “Fanatic Ocean Minded" logo to mark our pledge towards a cleaner and greener environment. For 2013 our commitment has already increased, this time as the first and only windsurfing brand to implement the use of cork in our boards’ construction.
After years of reliance on toxic processes, we’re trying everything we can to offset windsurfing’s impact on the ecosystem and to reduce our carbon footprint, as well as consciously using ethically-sourced and sustainable raw materials that produce a wider, more positive effect for both society and Mother Nature. By promising to always examine and adjust our construction, packaging and printing procedures, we are leading the way to a cleaner and safer future.
CORK CORE CONSTRUCTION
Cork is a remarkable material with amazing performance benefits, plus it’s highly renewable as trees are only harvested every 7 years and can reach a CO2-converting age of 300 without the threat of being destroyed. Already used successfully in fighter jets and NASA spacecraft for its stiffness characteristics, Fanatic is now specifying Cork as a partial replacement for PVC in 2013 LTD line Innegra Carbon Freeride boards.
Superior memory that boasts an ideal weight to stiffness/flex ratio makes Cork a perfect shock absorber in the stance area, forming an environmentally-friendly partnership with our Basalt cloth that has been proven to be superior to more toxic fabrics. What’s more, Basalt’s efficient resin absorption properties allow us to tint colorways during the layup process for amazing graphical and optical effects! The concept of using relatively thin sheets bonded to thicker core materials means new doors are opening to us in terms of reducing board thickness, with thinner boards, such as our ground-breaking Gecko, likely to set trends in the coming seasons. Cork is also efficient under vacuum and in addition to the stiffness/weight reduction gains, demands less resin usage and provides a much safer workplace environment for employees in our factories. Cork and Basalt are also 100% recyclable and ensure a lower end-of-life disposal impact.
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
Many Fanatic Ecological initiatives are highly visible - such as our use of Bamboo and Basalt technology in many Limited Edition boards, as well as the use of less resins in our stunning Oxeon TeXtreme® program. But others such as newer resins, Cork, less toxic paints and EVA pads are less noticeable - but just as critical to our promises.
Ozone-Free Foam Blanks
Blown without generating ozone and greenhouse gases and expanded using just steam for zero waste/dust product.
Audited Facilities for Healthier Workers
All of our audited production sites take particular care to extract all dust and gas particles through adequate vacuum and filtration systems.
Less Paint More Picturesque
By using optimized colour components and resin systems based on their solvent concentration we’ve managed to produce striking graphics that have minimized environmental consequences.
Streamlined transportation packaging without compromising protection demands less fuel to deliver and can be mostly recycled once again.
By choosing Fanatic you’re matching our commitment to make this planet a safer place to sail.