Introducing The Northcore Eco Range

Guest written by Martin Francis – Surfer’s Against Sewage Representative¬†

Its time for change! Microplastics have been discovered embedded deep in Arctic ice and plastic pollution has even been found on the moon (left behind after one of the Apollo moon landings between 1960 and 1972). This didn’t sit well with us, and so we took a deeper look into our products and operations to see what else could be done. This lead us to the inception of the Northcore Eco Range, some of our most loved products made from recycled materials.

Experts say we have 10 years to save the oceans.

In 1950, the world’s population of 2.5 billion produced 1.5 million tons of plastic. Furthermore, in 2016 a global population of more than 7 billion people produced over 320 million tons of plastic. This is set to double by 2034! With this in mind, it is easy to believe that plastics consistently make up 60 to 90% of all marine debris studied in the world. The density of plastic litter found on just UK beaches alone increased by 146% between 1994 and 2008. It is estimated that approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans every day with over 12 million tons of plastic flow into our oceans each year.*

Recycling 100% post-consumer PET plastic bottles

Recycling 100% post-consumer PET plastic bottles

From day one our ethos has always been to recycle wherever possible. With this in mind, we aim to produce products that are built to last and drive forward eco-initiatives wherever possible with carbon offsetting. As a Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) 250 member, we want to be a driving force for good. 2020 will be no different in regards to innovation and we will launch new, exciting products to the market along with some old favorites that have received an eco upgrade (all identifiable by a green sewn-in tag).

Northcore Eco Seat Cover

Northcore Eco Seat Cover

Introducing the Northcore Eco Range! Our new standard and wide load roof bar pads consist of a polyester fabric that is made from 100% post-consumer PET plastic bottles which, as always, are made to the highest quality to ensure longevity. As for the market-leading seat covers, these have also seen an eco-friendly revamp and made from 100% post-consumer PET plastic bottles with approximately 30 one-litre plastic bottles going into each tough, water-resistant cover.

How Northcore Eco Products are Made

The making of Northcore Eco Products

Small changes.

Having already launched our #1moretreeplanted initiative we have plenty more ideas in the pipeline, but there is still more to be done.There’s always off-the-grid living (we’re considering it), but if we all started by changing one aspect of our lives to aid the fight against climate change then it would be a step in the right direction…

Easy peasy and won’t cost you a penny;

  • Separate your waste at home and at work
  • Try to leave the car at home and walk if you’re close enough
  • When we go for a surf, lets carry out a 2-minute beach clean

 

Sticking it to the establishment;

  • Try and remember to take a ‘tote’ or ‘bag-for-life’ out with you
  • Buy yourself a reusable coffee cup
  • Make conscious ‘plastic-free’ decisions where possible when buying your food shopping (apples do not need to be in plastic wrappers!)
  • Purchase organic surfboard wax and ocean-friendly sunscreens

 

Well on your way to becoming a legend;

  • Try learning about how to carbon offset your travel
  • Remove single-use plastic from your life (it is possible)
  • Challenge others to change their habits
  • Campaign for change

 

Will you help us and choose to make one small change to decrease your environmental impact? Let us know what small changes you’re making to reduce your impact by using #1SMALLWAY on social media.

 

*Research gathered from Surfer’s Against Sewage.

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