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Green Foam Blanks

2010 Green Team, continued ...Published: June 01, 2010

Joey Santley
San Clemente
greenfoamblanks.com
Founded: 2009
CEO & Chief Green Officer: Joey Santley

Surfers have long been lauded for their environmental activism. Heck, one of the most well-known ocean-preservation groups around these parts – the Surfrider Foundation – was created by surfers. Ironically, the boards they use to ride the waves in the water they so passionately want to keep clean are chock-full of very environmentally unfriendly materials. And recycling isn’t typically part of the board-making process – unless we’re talking about boards crafted from Green Foam Blanks. The San Clemente-based company says it makes the “world’s only recycled polyurethane surfboard blanks.” Blanks are the blocks of polyurethane foam that shapers cut and sand into surfboards. And just like a woodshop floor is littered with sawdust, a board-shaping studio floor is covered in polyurethane dust, which typically ends up in landfills. But Green Foam Blanks Founder Joey Santley and his team sweep the floors of board-shaping studios throughout Orange County to collect bags of dust, which is then recycled and processed into new blanks. Santley says he’s proud of the fact that his team has disproved a decades-old myth that polyurethane foam can’t be recycled. He’s even prouder that he’s diverting some of that toxic waste from landfills. That’s keeping things clean by land and sea.

OC METRO'S 2010 GREEN TEAM