Duotone Kiteboarding Sustainability Eco friendly products

Our criteria for the best product rests on style, function, repairability, and durability.

Among the most direct ways we can limit ecological impacts with goods that last for generations or can be recycled. 

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Sometimes balancing the qualities of performance, durability and sustainability is one of the most difficult aspects. We strive to use as many sustainable materials as possible, but we trust our lives to this equipment, so we must value performance foremost. We test new materials and production processes against these criteria and strive to make the most sustainable products possible without sacrificing performance or durability.

Making the best product matters for saving the planet.

materials & technologies

No decision is taken lightly. When considering a material we evaluate its efficiency, functional qualities, chemical composition and the amount we’ll need before making a choice. To help us make a decision, we use the list of preferred materials and technologies below:

TRINITY TX

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Trinity TX is a 3 × 2 canopy material which is designed with a high density structure. It is made of high tenacity polyester yarn. 3 yarns run horizontally for optimized prevention against damage and earing. This results in a crisp rigidity which guarantees direct and precise steering due to the stiffness that is created vertically. Only 2 yarns run vertically which results in greater horizontal flexibility. The end result is that you get a reactive canopy profile that also saves weight. In comparison to a 4 × 4 canopy material Trinity TX has a weight savings of up to 20 %. The unique double coating process ensures that each individual yarn is covered and protected (yarn coating) before being woven into one fabric. With the second coating of the surface of the whole fabric the canopy develops an ultra crisp and direct response to steering. Thanks to the double coating and the 3 × 2 yarn structure Trinity TX is long lasting, super strong and resilient to potential rips and tears. It is developed in collaboration with Teijin and is exclusively implemented in Duotone kites.

 

 

DYNEEMA FIBRES

Dyneema® Fiber is a synthetic chemical fiber based on polyethylene with an ultrahigh molar mass (Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene = UHMW-PE). Belonging to the group of HPPE (High Performance Polyethylene) fibers, Dyneema provides extremely high longitudinal strength due to its molecular alignment. Related to its mass, Dyneema is 40 % stronger than Aramid, 60 % stronger than carbon fiber and glass fiber, almost 5 times stronger than polyamide, polyester or polypropylene fiber and up to 15 times stronger than steel. Due to its high resilience, even a small diameter of Dyneema has an extremely high breaking load. The fiber is extremely light, provides great strength, and is resistant to stretching, abrasion, and UV light. Dyneema is used for the lines at Duotone.

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CORK

Duotone Kiteboarding Sustainability Eco friendly product

Cork is harvested from the bark of cork oak trees grown exclusively in the harsh environs of the Mediterranean Sea. The bark of cork oaks shows a unique warp structure which is built of tiny cells. Each cell has the shape of a 14-sided polyhedron and is filled with a mixture of gas. The characteristics of cork result from its structure and the chemical setting of its extremely strong, flexible cell membrane which is waterproof and airtight. Additionally, cork is super lightweight, has outstanding elasticity and rebounding characteristics, and great durability. Duotone uses cork for the cork shock absorber in the heel area of all our Surfboards. It allows the boards to absorb shock like a PU board with minimal to no heel denting, thanks to the underlying reinforcements and the remarkable memory properties of cork.

BAMBOO

Bamboos are evergreen perennial flowering plants that include some of the fastest-growing plants in the world. Certain species of bamboo grow up to 91 cm (36″) within a day, at a rate of almost 4 cm ( 1.6″ ) an hour. Bamboo has a higher specific compressive strength than wood, brick or concrete, and a specific tensile strength that rivals steel. At Duotone we use bamboo reinforcements under the cork in our Pro Surfboards for its resilience. Our Classic Construction surfboards are fully wrapped in bamboo to create a solid outer shell for high impact resistance and good flex properties.

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TEXTREME

Duotone Kiteboarding Sustainability Eco Friendly Products

Carbon, from the Latin carbo – ‘coal’ – is a chemical element which is nonmetallic and tetravalent. TeXtreme® Carbon is a special type of carbon spread tow reinforcement which is a uniquely adaptable, safe and ultra-light supportive solution for carbon fiber composites. It is a ± 45 ° grid fabric, the typical chess board pattern. TeXtreme Spread Tow Grid can be highly tailored to meet specific needs such as increasing torsional stiffness with minimum weight increase. It offers excellent stability and a special flex pattern. Duotone uses TeXtreme Spread Tow Grid for making ultra-light composite Twin Tips like the Jaime Textreme, the Spike Textreme and the all-new Select Textreme and Soleil Textreme.

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durable goods & guarantee

Of course, in order to be able to offer you environmentally friendly products, we pay attention to use as many harmless, recycled and recyclable materials as possible.

We avoid unnecessary complexity.

As production efficiency, recyclability and style longevity all result from simple designs. Also the type and amount of a material is a key consideration in our designs.

 

Our products should last.

It’s a simple as that. On areas that will be exposed to extra wear, our designers must look for ways to make them even more durable and in case easily reparable.

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production facilities

We believe the best things are done together, as a team. We work closely with our partners at all stages of our production chain. We’ve built up relationships that have spanned decades and we’ve learned a lot along the way.

 

Trust and respect don’t just benefit us and our suppliers; they mean we can create the best products for you.

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packaging & transport

We strive to minimize the footprint of our shipping whenever possible. Our primary objectives are to make our packaging smaller and lighter so less fuel is consumed transporting our products and to eliminate air shipments.

Flexi Hex

SURFBOARD PACKAGING

The unique Flexi-Hex design is made from cardboard, a product already widely used in packaging but redisigned in a cool and clever way to add strength and durability, especially for surfboard packaging. The result is a strong reliable material which can reduce damage to boards in transit or whilst traveling. The strength of Felxi-Hex means overall less packaging is required making it a cost effective environmental solution. Most importantly it can reduce the need for single use plastic in many packaging systems.

The unique Flexi-Hex packaging ist he future of packaging surfboards, but also of protective packaging as a whole. For Duotone sustainability is a key element of our daily efforts, choosing Felxi Hex is another step forward.

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Duotone Kiteboarding Sustainability Eco Friendly Material "Flexi Hex"

Reusable transport protection

 

Flexi-Hex is designed to be user friendly, save time and reduce your environmental impact. Carefully unwrapped, the packaging can be reused for traveling. 

 

High compression resistance

 

Cardboard is not only accessible, lightweight and competely recyclable, it is also surprisingly strong and durable. The Flexi-Hex sleeves are designed to not only protect the rails but the deck, nose and tail

 

Environmently friendly

With public awareness around single-use plastics and the devastating effect on the marine environment at an all time high, implementing Flexi-Hex helps us and you to actively reduce our environmental footprint.

Perfect fit

The hexagonal cellular structure of Flexi-Hex allows flexibility to fit almost any shape board. To allow for varying sizes Flexi-Hex is made of open ended modular sleeves, cut to size and fixed at the join point. The adaptability of the sleeves result in the system being ideal for all board sizes of the whole Duotone surfboard range. Once nested on top of each other, the system creates 30mm of seperation between boards, further protecting them during traveling.