The production of inflatable paddle boards is gaining unimaginable popularity. The basis material for inflatable board is a chemical compound: PVC (polyvinyl chloride). The period of its decomposition takes more than 300 years. It does not emit harmful substances, but breaks down into pieces and slowly become part of all living creatures through consumption and sorts.The more production, the more waste, the more pollution. Traditional construction methods and materials for inflatable paddle boards certainly don't have a light carbon footprint. According to the UN, more than 8 million tons of plastic ends up in the oceans, damaging marine wildlife and fisheries and damaging marine ecosystems worth at least $ 8 billion. Inflatable board is lending the pollution its own hand.
However, our community begins to deeply perceive the environmental problem and strives for sustainable business (minimum consumption, minimum waste, maximum reuse and recycling). We must be accountable for our actions and for each outcome of our actions. Remember all individuals, when united, have the strength of a great entity.
Here are suggestions from a friend of mine, on how to deal with unwanted inflatable boards, other than sending them to the dumpster.
1. Turning it into home decor
Stand it on the floor, or hang it on the wall, whatever you wish for. If your faithful companion does not look good, you can try to put some paint on it.
2. Turning it into a bag/backpack
It's pretty easy, at least for people with some level of tailor training. It will be unique and original and always remind you the days on water.
Brainstorming for more ideas in the future...