Thanks to everyone who joined our Clean Beach Days and contributed to #saveourplaygrounds.
With your help a total number of 7.400 pieces of trash could be removed from beaches in 11 countries. Still, in relation to the global problem of plastic pollution, it feels like only a small drop in the bucket. That’s why we decided to try and increase the impact: For each piece of trash collected during our Clean Beach Days 2021 Boards & More will give 1€ to support Planet Patrol and The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic.
At Boards & More we constantly strive to minimize our ecological footprint and are aware of our responsibility to protect the environment. The Clean Beach Days are another small step in this direction and together with your help, it can grow to become an even bigger step.
Do you also feel the desire to change something?
Download the Planet Patrol App, which makes litter picking and tracking easier and accessible for everyone and also make it possible to source the actual problem and find solutions. Let‘s keep it up wherever you are and whenever you can!
The “Save Our Playgrounds” initiative from Duotone, ION and Fanatic aims to protect our environment and to preserve these wonderful places for future generations who also want to enjoy the nature and the stoke of our sports.
In 2019 we already called on you to help collect trash from shores around the globe and it was a huge success: Close to one ton of plastic was collected. From Australia to Europe, from Cape Verde to the USA and even to the far reaches of Russia and Brazil; team riders, sales agents, reps and our friends from ION Club joined forces together with you to contribute to the fight against plastic pollution.
Partnerships in Sustainability Projects
Thankfully, one incredible Stand Up Paddleboarder – Lizzie Carr - is spearheading a global mission to rid the world of plastic pollution, by tackling it from its root - canals and rivers all over world – thereby intercepting it before it reaches the oceans.
Already a keen adventurer and environmentalist, Lizzie originally got into SUP for fitness, but soon noticed that the waterways around London where she paddled were clogged with plastic waste. Lizzie set up a non-profit organisation that has grown to become a global movement of like-minded people working together on land and water to protect the environment we love.
Planet Patrol (formerly called Plastic Patrol) helps to organise clean-ups all over the world (44 countries and counting), bringing communities together at specified events to identify and collect plastic waste, photograph and log the evidence through the Planet Patrol App, before clearing it away. On World Cleenup Day Planet Patrol was organising global clean up actions in differents segments - a great achievement - which we're proudly supporting!
Since 2008, Michael is pursuing two goals with his projects. With his extreme adventure tours, he wants to highlight the possibilities of climate-friendly technologies and demonstrate that it is often a matter of will and not of skill when it comes to achieving goals – on both board development and in climate protection. In 2018 Michael was paddling to the edge of the glaciers in Greenland to raise awareness for climate change. He was following “The Great Route” from Aasiaat to Ilulissat to find out more about the life on the rough island in the past and in the present. This trip showed that we have to act, to protect this unique northern region and of course our whole planet, highlighting how radical climate change is already here. In May 2019 he did another project called “Emission-free through Schleswig-Holstein” where he travelled across Germany’s northernmost state via SUP – 700 km.
Michael and his projects are supported by Fanatic and we're in close contact with him also about ways to improve our products to become more sustainable.
SUP adventurer Thomas Oschwald from Switzerland paddled from the North Sea up the Rhine to the Tomasee at 2 345 meters above sea level. He traveled for 3 000 kilometers and was on the water for 2 – 3 months. His tour took him through 6 countries – all for a destination that is actually located only a few kilometers away from his home. On the first 1600 km long stage to the mouth of the Rhine, the adventurer had porpusly moved away from the clean spring water. In this section, he experienced first-hand what it means when clean drinking water does not simply bubble out of the tap. A water cleansing system for bottled water forced the adventurer to get along with the water that surrounds him.
Thomas has already done several SUP micro expeditions and is always in search of new challenges in sports and everyday life, he keeps pushing his limits. His inner conviction is that it forces him to face all the big and small challenges in life while he breaks out of the everyday rhythm and strides out into new worlds.
In 2017 Pascal Roesler, a businessman from Munich, paddled from Munich to the mouth of the Danube into the Black Sea, 2 467 km and 63 days on the water with his Falcon Air, about 600 000 paddle strokes in total. He did that all for a good cause – to raise awareness of the need for clean water, essential for our planet’s survival. In 2018 he went down the river Salzach, accompanied by our river SUP ambassador Oliver Heldt. The Salzach runs 225 kilometers before flowing into the river Inn. Pascal started his tour from the source near the Salzachgeier to demonstrate how the river changes on its way. In July 2019 he visited several schools in Bavaria to demonstrate awareness towards our water and environment. With 30 Fanatic SUPs, SUPing was a big part of this programme with over 1000 students enjoying the experience and learning more about sustainability and the role they can play in safeguarding our planet for future generations. In the meantime, Pascal has left his full time employment to dedicate his time and effort to saving the environment with many exciting new projects to come.