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Cotton World’s Dirtiest Crop

cottonCotton covers 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land yet uses 16% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop.

Wait, let’s let that sink in . . .

Cotton is considered the world’s ‘dirtiest’ crop due to its heavy use of insecticides.

Insecticides (or chemicals that cause major harm to you and the planet) are the most hazardous pesticide to human and animal health.

That same cotton and those gnarly chemicals might be touching your skin right this very moment.

Dude, what about your undies?

Furthermore, all those chemicals filter into the land, into underground freshwater reserves, our rivers, our lakes and our oceans and (here it comes) our surf breaks.

Ever wonder what that smell was while you were surfing after the rain?

Think about the influence these chemical have on the water we drink and surf in—not cool!

So, your mission is to switch to organic Ts and other fabric when possible.

Do you know how good organic cotton feels?

WT is stoked to offer a whole new line of organic cotton T’s with.

Check out our ORGANIC T’s.

(Read More On Organic Cotton Here)

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Wave Tribe Wins War Of The Surfboard Wax

The purpose of this experiment was to find out which brand of surf wax provides the most amount of friction.

The hypothesis predicted that the brand, Sticky Bumps, would provide the most friction but this was not so.

Surf wax is applied to a surfboard’s surface of fiberglass.

It’s very sticky, but hard.

The surfer’s feet press into the wax and it creates friction.

Without surf wax, it would be extremely hard for a surfer to stay o the board without slipping around.

To test if the hypothesis is true or not, an apparatus was built that would lift one end of an artificial surfboard up.

An area on this artificial surfboard was covered with surfboard resin.

The area that was resined is where the wax would be applied.

A sled was built to represent a surfer’s feet and on it was placed a 30-pound weight.

The entire sled was placed on the waxed area of the artificial surfboard. When the artificial surfboard was lifted, the sled would move.

The angle at which the artificial surfboard was at when the sled moved was recorded.

This was done twenty times for each of the three brands of surf wax.

After averaging the trials for each brand of surf wax, it was found that . . .

the brand of surf wax, Wave Tribe Eco Wax, provided the most friction.”

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Did you know that Wave Tribe Invented the Cork Deckpad?

Well, now you do!

You can read more about that here or stay on this page for some cork stoke!

Cork comes from a LIVE tree.

No dudes and dudettes, they don’t kill the tree to extract the cork.

Zen eco surf master lesson number one.

The material has been used for thousands of years, but what has made it famous is its application in wine bottles.

Viva la cork!

The cork is cut off the tree, cleaned, boiled and baked.

No chemicals are used and the end result is a biodegradable product.

Rad!

Cork is a renewable resource and its harvesting is a truly sustainable example of agroforestry (this kind of agro is okay).

Agroforestry combines agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, healthy and sustainable land systems.

Producing plastic on the other hand—well, you can imagine, extracting plastic from oil is a dirty process.

Why does cork make a great pad?

It’s light and soft, no hard ridges on your pad to cut your knees.

Cork does not absorb water, it repels it—that means your surfboard tail remains light and agile for those sick turns.

Cork is a natural fire retardant, so your board won’t catch fire because you rip so hard!

So, we have come to the part of the email where, if you want, you can get a new cork deck pad. (Do it).

They are rad. Now you know why!

Click this link, place in cart, and hit checkout.

It’s that easy!

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Wave Tribe Travel Bag Gets Upgraded To 25mm of Padding

After a few years of research and development we decided to build in some new features into our generation five Global Board Bags.

We have added a new interior pocket that makes room for your wax, leash and fins.

The new pocket also allows for maximum organization as each pocket has it’s own closure system.

Board Bag Nose Protection

Newly Designed Triple Fin Poscket

But the real big news is the change we have made to the rear and nose sections of the bag.

After numerous international surf trips of research and development we’ve engineered a new insert section.

Dude, this is so rad.

We’ve added an extra half inch of removable protective foam to make sure that your nose and tail remain ding free.

Board Bag Rear Fpam Protection

View Of Board Bag Rear Insert

So check it, now you’ve got 13mm of foam in the bag + an additional 13mm inside where it matters most.

Board Bag Nose Protection

Board Bag Nose Protection

We made a video for you to review the upgrades—you’ll be stoked for sure.

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Boardbags Made in The USA

Manufacturing in Asia isn’t as bad as most believe—really, that is not some green wash gibberish.

I’ve met the people working the machines and sowing our product, they are much like you and me—searching for opportunity, working to get ahead in life, facing the realities and challenge of providing for their families. Traveling opens your eyes to the richness and diversity of foreign cultures. But yea—there are lots of problems too.

Most of all it’s the transportation footprint that keeps me up at night. It’s 10,069 kilometers from Asia to California. That’s a long way from point A to point B. I don’t like the fact that the ocean is being used either, the ocean was made for surfing, not for transporting.

I first thought about manufacturing our eco surf products in California when the ‘buy local campaign’ started to gain momentum in organic food circles. There is no reason we shouldn’t attempt to apply the same ‘buy local’ vision for all of our surf consumables—this is what has made the Etsy movement so appealing—real people making real products right in our backyard.

We are just starting to explore these options at Wave Tribe—but more than explore we are acting. Wave Tribe is proud to report that we are now producing several of our bag styles in California and it sure feels great to support local businesses and substantially decrease our transportation footprint by more than 10,000 kilometers. But what feels even better is to know that our bags are being made in partnership with fellow surfers, people who share a similar vision and stoke fro life.

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Eco Retail Store Display

Made form reclaimed wood in San Luis Obispo, California by Linker Workshop (this dude is a sick surfer too) sporting the Wave Tribe Manifesto on the top!

We designed this awesome rack for our retail partners to help them spread the Wave Tribe message and to assist them with point of purchase merchandizing.

Wave Tribe Shop Rack

 

 

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Video: Glass Tiger Surfboard – Eco Board Review

Glass Tiger boards are designed to lasts 2 or 3 times as long as a ‘regular’ surfboard, which in itself is cost effective and an environmental saving. Because the board doesn’t need to be glassed, this significantly reduces the amount of chemicals and man-made products involved in the process of making each board. Mark constantly reviews the materials he uses, so that they are of the highest quality and have the least amount of environmental impact.

For more info see http://www.glass-tiger.com

 

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Video: Story of Electronics

I just watched another video from the same makers of “story of stuff”.

Love it.

They put it so simple and clear and even though the reality they are showing us is horrible, we are left with a feeling that there is something we can do about it.

Watch it, and learn, then make a change in your life.

Do some more research. Your money talks!

If you want to see more, check out these links:

http://www.storyofstuff.com/links.php

http://www.goodguide.com/

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