Designers and manufacturers looking for ideas for making sustainable products can take some ideas from a couple of plastic products featured today in the Treehugger.com blog. One is a rotationally molded kayak dubbed the Tequila! with an unusual feature: it can snap apart into two pieces for easy transport and storage. Treehugger notes that the smart design "reduces the cost of buying roof racks, and their associated environmental impact on fuel economy and carbon emissions." Similarly, the Eco Board surfboard from Imagine is touted for its sustainability, both for the materials selection and the design. On the materials side, the boards are made from recycled polystyrene, laminated with a stretch bamboo cloth. In terms of design, the surfboards come in two pieces that snap together -- again, doing away with the need to put them in a car roof rack. (Treehugger notes that putting a sports toy on a car roof cuts the car's fuel economy by up to 27 percent.) Interesting how these two sporting goods manufacturers are using some pretty conventional plastic materials -- polyethylene and polystyrene -- to make products that they can promote as being ultra-sustainable.
Can portability equal sustainability?
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