Recycled plastics can be used for many creative purposes  – in fact, this material has recently made its way into the world of surfing. The automotive company Jaguar Land Rover is now venturing onto the waters with their new Waste to Wave surfboard, which is made out of recycled plastic derived from early clay design car models.

The surfboard was made in partnership with SkunkWorks Surf Co, a surfboard manufacturer focused on minimizing its impact on the environment. It was tested off the coast of Northern Ireland by Lucy Campbell, the English Women’s Open Surfing Champion surfer, and build to the dimensions she required. “When I first heard about this project I was so excited to be a part of it,” Campbell said about the project. “The ocean is a big part of my life so helping to raise awareness of the need to preserve it is so important to me.”


The new surfboards and paddleboards are made out of the polyurethane previously used in the creation of early design life-size clay models of cars. The polymer “skeleton” of the models is normally destroyed after a car is launched, but now it is recovered and given its second life by the company. The product has carbon fiber rails from the nose and a carbon strip from the tail for extra strength.

Jaguar Land Rover emphasizes that by creating the surfboard range, the company “has strengthened its commitment to achieving its zero waste goal.” According to the company’s website, last year, Jaguar Land Rover reworked and reused 18.5 tons of recycled clay as a part of the design process.

With about 8.8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans every year, initiatives focused on using recycled plastics to create new products, from sunglasses to surfboards to roads, are a great step in the right direction towards finding a more sustainable and conscious way of dealing with the material. Considering the devastating impact that plastic has on marine animals, making surf boards that help reduce plastic waste is a truly fitting project!

To find out how to use less plastic in your everyday life, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!


Image source: Jaguar Land Rover