– the world’s first surfboard fin made with recycled waste from Indonesia
We envisioned a product made of real rubbish which fulfils all the expectations of surfers everywhere in the world. We collaborated with shapers, material and hydro-dynamics experts. And based on the expertise of our team of engineers, and designers we converted existing waste to a high performance fibre-reinforced composite: The Ocean Composite.
Impactful value chain
Approximately 100 bottle caps go into one set of ecoFins! We are very proud of our transparent supply chain which includes rubbish from Bali’s beaches. After the pre-sorting, it is sent to the recycling facilities in Java, where the recycled pellets are produced. The material refinement takes place in Australia with the best composite specialists on the continent. Together with professional injection moulders, we transform our magic OceanComposite into the final product. All, made in Australia!
Based on our Ocean Composite, the ecoFin offers ideal stiffness for all small to medium height waves and varied board types. We designed a solid flex in the base for controlled drive and a well responsive flex in the tip to accelerate your turns off the lip. And on top: the ecoFin is lighter than comparable fins on the market!
The ecoFin – a super light all-rounder with absolute strengths and great flex for surfers of all levels!
- made with post-consumer waste originating from Indonesia e.g Bali.
- reinforced with performance glass fibre
- transparent and sustainable supply chain
- significantly lighter than comparable models
- well-balanced template for quick response
- Solid base for controlled drive
- flat inside foils for stable manoeuvres
- responsive tip flex to accelerate your turns
- unique aesthetics
The recipe of the Ocean Composite
Polypropylene(PP) – what you know from lids and packaging – has great mechanical properties, even after recycling and is the base material of our OceanComposite.
Polypropylene, is one of the most common plastics dumped in our oceans. One more reason why we have chosen this material!
*Currently half of the plastic contained in the ecoFin is recycled plastic.
Our supplier provides recycled plastic, which is collected mainly from regions east bound of Java and which includes among others recycled ocean waste. Due to variations in the individual supplied thrash quantities, the share of the different origins in Indonesia and the percentage of ocean waste in the recycled plastic may vary. We are constantly working on an increase of its content and also on an increase of the percentage of the recycled plastic in general. In that context, we are currently evaluating opportunities to expand our supply chain, such as Sumbawa.
Proving the impossible, possible
Yes, working with recycled materials is a challenge, but in collaboration with material scientists, we developed the right recipe!
This is the proof that eco and performance can be combined.
Strength tests in the lab and dynamic performance tests in the water have been conducted at various stages of the development process. As a result, we designed a recycled material, that performs on highest levels!
Proud to take it to a local level
A modern moulding process ensures smooth and scalable fabrication with high accuracy on a professional level.
For us it was very important to create an eco-product of highest quality and also work with Australian manufacturers.
Therefore, we chose to produce with renowned injection moulders, who understand and appreciate the story behind the ecoFin. We can proudly say, that compounding, moulding and pad printing are all done by our local partners.
From Bali’s beaches to the factories of the world
Showing transparency in the production line was our first goal!
Existing recycling infrastructure is essential! Indonesia has a growing waste management network, but in many areas, it still is in very early stages.
And, the more we got into it, the more we recognised a major issue: The value chain of where the waste comes from and where it goes is often undefined! Therefore, we travelled through Bali and Java to track down every step of the waste and see the real history of our raw material. And this is just the beginning! Currently we collaborate with more local organisations and want to help them to build up more efficient waste management structures!
Watch our documentary where we followed the value chain from start to finish.
How ocean waste inspired us
Surfing took us to many places. Chasing waves, we more and more encountered heavy pollution, especially from plastics. Instead of looking away we decided to create something useful from it and inspire surfers around the world to open their eyes and get active.
Whether it is just refusing plastic bags or buying a reusable drink bottle – we can all do our part!
Plastic Oceans – A few facts!
The five oceans cover 71% of our planet and are the power house of the earth. They clean our air, they compensate global warming, and apparently, they serve as garbage dump.
Like sweeping it under a gigantic carpet mankind thought long enough: out of sight, out of mind. This seems not to be true. Marine debris kills animals; plastics degrade and release toxic substances. And even if one wouldn’t mind the impact for the wild life – it all comes back to us.
It is well-known, that the entire ecosystem is affected! For instance, substances like Bisphenol A (BPA) enter our food chain, and are likely to be a reason for millions of infertile couples.,.
It is important to raise awareness, especially for the use and disposal of single use plastics. Uncountable initiatives and organisations spread the message and encourage people all over the world to take action. It all starts on the grass roots level.
Say NO to plastic bags. Don’t use straws. Use recycled plastic whenever you can. No plastic bottles. Recycle all your plastics waste.
At Five Oceans we want to contribute with sustainable product innovations for surfing and water sports to spread awareness globally and invest in recycling infrastructure locally. Waste management and development are key factors in order to get to grips with the plastic pollution in our oceans.