Press Release: Surftech x BLOOM Collaboration on Standup Paddle Traction

SAN DIEGO (July 20, 2017)—Carlsbad-based Surftech, a stand-up paddle (SUP) and Surfboard manufacturing company announces its collaboration with BLOOM, a materials development company, to develop deck pad traction on select 2018 models of paddleboards.
“Surftech is very conscious about making products with environmentally-friendly materials when we can, and we are proud to partner with BLOOM,” said Surftech’s product director, Dan Watts. “Our waterways are our playgrounds, so we will do everything we can to keep them clean.”
While not yet biodegradable, BLOOM foams offer a significant step forward in the manufacture of flexible foams. A single Surftech paddleboard using BLOOM foam returns 176 gallons of clean, filtered water to habitat and keeps approximately 123 balloons of CO2 (12” birthday balloon equivalent) from entering the atmosphere. “We’re excited about our collaboration with Surftech as they are an established market leader within the paddleboard industry. We hope they will be a beacon for others in the industry to consider their environmental impact in all that they do,” said Rob Falken from BLOOM.

The Surftech boards featuring Bloom deck pads will debut on July 26th to retailers and attendees of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, and September’s Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida. The boards are expected to hit retail globally early 2018.

Surftech Alta standup paddle board uses BLOOM foam for traction

The limited release Surftech Alta uses BLOOM foam for its SUP traction.

About Surftech

Shaping the Art of Technology: Surftech was founded in 1989 in a quest to find and utilize new technologies that would bring game improvement to surfers of all abilities everywhere. We build boards for many of the best and most popular surfboard brands on the planet and we were the first to do it! Today we continue to employ the most advanced materials and manufacturing techniques available. We continue to push every boundary utilized in manufacturing, while also attaining a high level of sustainability. We build what others can only dream of doing. Visit us at www.surftech.com for additional information.

 

About BLOOM

Founded in 2015, BLOOM is an American performance-based materials manufacturer based in Meridian, Miss. BLOOM uses algae biomass harvested from freshwater sources around the world, (like lakes, rivers, and ponds) at high risk of algal bloom. Using algae biomass helps improve technical performance and offsets the use of petroleum ingredients found in conventional foams. Learn more at www.bloomfoam.com.

ALGIX & Effekt Introduce World’s First Algae-Derived Flexible Foams

MERIDIAN, Mississippi and SAN DIEGO, California (August 24th, 2015) — Algix LLC, the world’s leading producer of algae bio-products, and Effekt LLC, an environmentally minded product and material development company, announced today the creation of the worlds first algae-derived flexible foams. Both companies are joining forces in a joint venture entitled Bloom Holdings LLC to commercialize the foam.

“Flexible foams have been overwhelmingly made out of non-renewable petrochemicals for decades,” says Rob Falken, Effekt’s and Bloom Holding’s Managing Director. “Over the past year we’ve worked really hard to create a suitable algae biomass alternative that doesn’t compromise performance and that delivers tried–and–true characteristics for all sorts of demanding applications” he continued.

The foam is produced in a patented process that utilizes Algix’s dried algae biomass (GMO-free) which is solely collected from waste streams across the US and Asia. Algal blooms have become prevalent worldwide due to 
a rise in global temperatures and a subsequent increase in water temperatures. They’ve also been impacted by increased human population growth and from activities like overfishing, which have increased nutrient loading in waterways. As a feedstock, algae biomass is a non-food resource, requiring no pesticides to grow and is found 
in abundance globally. This ensures a consistent and stable raw material supply for years to come. “We are literally turning a negative into a positive,” stated Falken.

“Bloom Holdings has a strong commitment to being a values driven organization. We try to incorporate sustainability and practicality into everything we do. We want to help make more sustainable product options an accessible and easy choice,” says Mike Van Drunen, co-founder and CEO of Algix and a Managing Member of Bloom Holdings.

Utilizing an examined approach, Bloom Holdings LLC has already secured an independent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the flexible foams, as well as numerous certificates of environmental validation.

The brand name for this new flexible foam is aptly called BLOOM™. Manufacturing will commence in early 2016 in both the US and Asia. Several ideal applications for BLOOM™ foam are footwear, yoga mats, sporting goods, and toys just to name a few. For more information please go to www.bloomfoam.com.

About ALGIX LLC:

ALGIX is a clean technology company that produces sustainable products using aquaculture and water remediation. The company is committed to Life Cycle Thinking and further improving their products in order to produce more with less and to ensure sustainable resource use while alleviating the stress on the environment.

About EFFEKT LLC:

Effekt is an intellectual property development company that invents disruptive products and materials while causing no unnecessary environmental harm.

About Bloom Holdings LLC:

Bloom Holdings LLC is a worldwide manufacture of algae-derived flexible foams. The foams contain anywhere from 15% to 60% algae content depending on the formulation and application.

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For more Information

www.bloomfoam.com

www.algix.com

www.effektchange.com