A new surfboard fin: sustainable, lighter, game changing. The ecoFin is both a high performance recycled surfboard fin and a symbol for change. Supporting our project means that you will be part of a global movement to save our oceans.
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Pre-order the ECOFIN in a thruster setup or make your choice of various rewards for non-sufers and youngsters.
Why a fin from ocean waste?
5 trillion pieces of plastic are floating in our oceans already! This number will tremendously increase if we don’t reduce the production of virgin plastic and take recycling more serious.
We are ocean enthusiasts. We are convinced that by developing innovative products based on recycled material, we can raise awareness about ocean pollution. And trigger a change!
Therefore, our first product is a performance surfboard fin based on ocean waste from Bali and we have a plethora of innovative ideas for the future.
Bali is a prime example of a third world country choking in waste and the Indian Garbage Gyre washes up tons over tons every day. The island is well known for its surf breaks and on lands basic recycling structures are growing - we could build up a network of collaborators and supporters.
The special connection between surfers and the ocean is undeniable and we are convinced that we, as surfers, can act as role models for everyone. “We as surfers live off the ocean’s energy – if it’s now time to give back, I don’t want to miss out”, Rusty Miller.
Many drops make an ocean and together they can form a wave – Kickstarter gives us the possibility to reach out to all of you and easily support our mission!
Where we've been featured
We envisioned a product made of recycled material to meet all the expectations of surfers everywhere in the world.
We collaborated with shapers, material and fluid 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.
Key benefits & design
The result is a fin lighter than conventional fins while still possessing absolute strength and perfect flex for surfers of all levels!
Based on our reinforced material, the ecoFin offers ideal stiffness for all small to double overhead 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 15% lighter than comparable fins on the market!
Material details on recycled PP
Polypropylene – what you know from lids and packaging – has great properties and is the base material of our products.
Also this polymer doesn’t decrease in mechanical strength when recycled. We optimised the properties with long fibre glass reinforcement. Through that we developed a performance composite material, which is just perfect for modern surfing! Strength tests, polymer degradation behaviour (UV treatment) and dynamic performance was conducted at several institutes, inter alia at the University of new South Wales.
A modern moulding process ensures smooth fabrication and high accuracy on a professional level. For us it was most important to provide you with quality products. Therefore, we chose to produce with renowned manufacturers. These guys not only have 25 years of experience in their field they also produced a lot of fins already. .
Believe it or not, there is enough material floating in our oceans to make millions of fins, so we probably won’t run out of material.
The supply chain is secured, so is the production and everything needed to export globally.
The Value Chain
Showing transparency in the production line was our first goal!
Recycling is already happening, that’s cool! However, the more we got into it, the more we recognised one major problem. 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.
Watch our documentary at the bottom of the page where we followed the production line from start to finish.
- 5 Trillion pieces of plastic float in our oceans – concentrated in 5 garbage patches
- 8 Million tons are dumped every year
- 450 year takes a plastic bottle to degrade
- UV breakdown releases toxic substances like Bisphenol A
- Unknown amounts of micro particles enter our food chain
How much plastic we use?
The more we produce, the better. A weight based calculation estimates that one fin contains approximately 50 plastics lids.
Impact on the recycling infrastructure
The more we use recycled materials, the less virgin plastics are produced. Remind yourself of the conquer of organic produce in supermarkets. First a niche – soon widely established.
And to the environment
With our membership at 1% for the Planet we commit 1% of our revenue to conservation and environmental organisations, like our friends from Project Clean Uluwatu, but many more will benefit from the project’s success.
We are ocean enthusiasts, professional product developers, and ambitious entrepreneurs. We finished our university degrees in Germany and took the chance to live our dream in Australia.
As an engineer, Felix is a PhD candidate for advanced manufacturing technologies. Luise has a business and technology background with a broad market knowledge and experience in the surf scene.
Together we started the ecoFin project and founded the brand FiveOceans in Australia. Check out our Facebook page with informative articles and facts about ocean pollution.
The bigger picture, the moral value, and the ambition to create solutions in the fight against ocean pollution drives us to our (ad)ventures. Every day!
The family grows
We couldn’t have realised this without our incredible team – Katharina, Chris, Franzy, Simon, Tim, Ferdi, Toby, Rob and Neil! Soon enough we had established all expertise to design a sustainable product in the high performance range. From fluid dynamic experts for the right template to sound designers for our documentary! We as FiveOceans are a boat full of creative and productive freaks!
Rusty Miller with his wife Tricia are ambassadors, mentors and always been creative advisors.
Special thanks go out to all the wonderful people who joined our adventures, in the past – now – and in the future!
Patagonia is a partner for all what is related to the documentary and Nikon Australia backed the filming. Blue Magazine is a media-partner for the screening events. We are proud members of 1% for the Planet and Surfrider Foundation Australia shows great support.
Through supporting this project you not only back an innovative recycling product, you also give us the chance to expand our mission. For the future, we plan on more product variants of the fin produced from waste of more places in the world. Bali is just the beginning!
Why you should get involved ?
On our journey we met Oscar and for us he found the best words.
We are convinced, that by producing more cool products based on ocean waste we will create more awareness!
Timeline and financials
We give our campaign 60 days, because it is linked to numerous screenings in Australia, Europe and America. Once we came back to Australia, we will immediately start the production – everything is set up and ready to go!
We’ve crunched the numbers, calculated everything and figured out all eventualities to ensure the delivery in April 2016.
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Risks and challenges
We wouldn’t be here without our relentless optimism and endless energy.
And we never believed in Murphy’s Law.
We made our homework, the fin is looking great and feels amazing in the water!
The supply is secured and we won’t run out of waste in the future.
Looking good - See you out there
- if we don’t get eaten by sharks
- (60 days)