ECO Paddle Board
In the current market there are numerous paddle boards and companies which sell paddle boards/ SUP. Most of these paddle boards are made by using Epoxy or UPR construction methods which contribute a total of 545 and 380lbs of Co2 into the atmosphere per board. Manufacturing these boards out pours not only CO2 but also toxic emissions, health hazards and noise pollution to our planet.
Our approach is to design an Eco friendly paddle board to reduce the footprint of manufacturing and transport cost. By utilizing noncommercial ways of making such as hand shaping/finishing on wood, using recycled materials such as cardboard or eco resins and green fabrics.
The green materials chosen include; Paulowina wood, Silk fabric and Entropy Resin. A range of tests has been conducted to test for strength and stiffness of substituting fiberglass for silk. Multiple boards have been designed and manufactured to be tested. As the process of using silk and Bio Resin is new, a vigorous trail and error phase had been put in place.
This board is designed for the Eco Educational Center Hong Kong, located in Tai Tam Village. The board can be used by children and adults, researchers or scientists who collect samples from the reservoir. Also as an educational tool for teachers to take their students to for a site visit of the mangroves and species in the water. It had contributed in the BioBliz project Hong Kong.