Duotone

Sustainability

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"The greatest threat

to our planet is the

belief that someone

else will save it."

Robert Swan, British Polar Researcher

We aim to be better by design and performance, but are aware of our environmental responsibility, especially when manufacturing, packaging and distributing our premium products.

 

Rome wasn’t built in a day and we are taking the same approach, implementing proven, positive and sustainable change at every opportunity.

 

However, we don’t want to promise a top-of-the-line product and claim it’s totally eco-friendly, but we are looking at how to deliver exactly that in the coming years.

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Duotone Kiteboarding Sustainability Strategy Tom Hebert

ECO-DESIGN AND LIFE-CYCLE IMPACTS

With sustainability principles in mind, we look to new methods that lessen the environmental impact of the process, while remaining commercially competitive.

We are always testing sustainable materials and incorporate them into our production where strength to weight ratio properties allow.

Duotone Kiteboarding Sustainability Strategy

Today, our Kites, Bars, Twintips, Surfboards, Click Bar and Foil Wing are climate neutral, which is acknowledged in three steps: calculating emissions, offsetting emissions and tracking the carbon offset. Proud of our work and the future of sustainable kiteboarding, you can discover more about our projects and partnerships here.

 

INFLUENCE & POWER OF OUR PLATFORM

Our worldwide message and shared passion is to protect our environment, prevent climate change and clean our oceans.

 

The freedom of our sport provides the fun-factor for personal wellness. The ocean is our stage and nature’s elements provide the power which makes us accountable.

As an industry leader, we have the power of our platform and access to those of others. Through initiatives such as #cleanbeach and our team of riders educating the communities they visit worldwide, we hope to inspire and encourage action against climate change.

TRUST

 

The brand is our promise to ourselves and our customers. Staying true to the brand allows us to deliver our key messages and meet our promises to a cleaner, greener planet.

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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.

STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY

Factories have a key role to play in fighting climate change. Our production partners will provide best practice for environmental management and together we can consult the process in order to eliminate our products’ carbon emission.

 

CONTRIBUTION TO THE CAUSE

Our materials innovation and implementation for the climate cause:

TRINITY TX

Duotone Kiteboarding Sustainability Eco friendly materials

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 is the 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.

Duotone Carbon Offset

we take efforts seriously

We see it as our mission to counteract the development of environmental pollution by helping to keep the sea and the air clean and our earth healthy.

Duotone Carbon Offset

Therefore we decided to supporting organizations that fight global warming. 

 

So we started to calculate and offset the carbon emissions caused by our products and processes by supporting recognized carbon offset projects. 

Besides avoidance and reduction, offsetting carbon emissions represents an additional important step in comprehensive climate protection.

Duotone Carbon Offset

Greenhouse gases like CO2 disperse uniformly throughout the atmosphere, which means the concentration of greenhouse gases is approximately the same all over the planet.

 

Thus, the location on Earth where emissions are generated or saved is irrelevant when it comes to the global concentration of greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect.

 

That is why emissions that cannot be avoided locally can be mathematically offset through climate protection measures at another location.

We take these efforts very seriously because we are responsible for ensuring that also future generations can experience the stoke of surfing elements.

how does a carbon offset project work?

Carbon offset projects demonstrably save greenhouse gases through activities such as afforestation or renewable energies.

Independent organizations such as TÜV, SGS, PwC, and others check the exact volume saved. The project operator can finance the project through the sale of certified emission reductions. Only projects requiring additional financial support are recognized as carbon offset projects

Duotone Carbon Offset Project

Criteria for carbon offset projects:
Carbon offset projects must meet internationally recognized standards. The most important criteria here are:

a) Additionality
It must be ensured that the project can only be realized if it receives additional financing through emissions trading. This means the project must be reliant upon emissions trading in order to cover its financial needs.

b) Exclusion of double counting
It must be ensured that the carbon emissions saved are only counted once — by the certificate owner. In particular, this means that certificates may only be sold once and then have to be retired.

c) Permanence
Emissions savings must take place permanently. For example, carbon sequestration in forests must be long-term in nature. A reforested area that is turned back into a livestock pasture through slash-and-burn farming a few years later cannot receive recognition as a carbon offset project.

d) Auditing on a regular basis by independent third parties
Carbon offset projects must be audited in regular intervals according to the criteria listed above. Independent third parties such as TÜV, SGS, or PwC perform these audits. Audits like these retroactively determine the actual volume of carbon emissions saved. 

HOW DO OUR PRODUCTS BECOME CLIMATE NEUTRAL?

Duotone Carbon Offset
Duotone Carbon Offset

Companies, processes and products are termed "climate neutral" when their carbon emissions have been calculated and offset by supporting recognized carbon offset projects. Besides avoidance and reduction, offsetting carbon emissions represents an additional important step in comprehensive climate protection. 

Our products are rendered climate neutral in three steps:

Step 1: Calculating emissions
We have calculated the relevant carbon emissions of our company, reduced them as much as possible, and calculated the emissions generated by our products. 

The product carbon footprint is calculated based on factors such as raw materials, production, and logistics. In addition we take our general business activities into account, such as administration and business travels.

Step 2: Offsetting emissions
Carbon offset projects save or sequestrate emissions through measures such as afforestation or the replacement of fossil fuel technologies through innovative, climate-friendly alternatives. By supporting one of these projects, you can offset the carbon emissions caused by the production, packaging and transportation of our products. All projects are regularly audited by independent organizations and certified according to international standards, meaning that you can be sure the measures are being implemented on site.

Step 3: Tracking the carbon offset
You obtain full transparency thanks to the ClimatePartner label featuring a unique ID for your order: By entering the ID at www.climatepartner.com, you can find information on the quantity of emissions offset and the carbon offset project you are supporting.

Our climate neutral products

The climate neutral label featuring a unique ID guarantees the highest level of transparency: you can use the ID to track the offset and get interesting background information on the projects supported.

 

DUOTONE KITES

DUOTONE TWINTIP BOARDS

DUOTONE SURFBOARDS

DUOTONE CLICK BAR

DUOTONE FOIL WINGS

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Supported Project

Since September 2009, the small hydroelectric power plant in southern Sri Lanka has been supplying clean electricity to the island. With a capacity of 6.5 megawatts, it uses the water of the Kuru Ganga river near Kuruwita in the Ratnapura district to generate emission-free energy.

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Duotone Supported Project

The project counts as a run-of-river power plant, which means that the water only has to be dammed during dry periods and by a small weir. Thus the environmental influences remain almost neutral, fish stocks and the entire ecosystem are not endangered. The power plant generates around 19 gigawatt hours per year for Sri Lanka's power grid. These replace electricity from thermal power plants that were previously used to generate electricity in Sri Lanka. The earnings obtained by the carbon offset project made the construction and operation of the new power plant possible – and, as well, some improvements for the people living in the project area.

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Duotone Climate Partner

ClimatePartner

ClimatePartner is a leading solutions provider for corporate climate protection. Together with its clients, ClimatePartner implements customized solutions for calculating and offsetting CO2 emissions to achieve climate neutrality for companies, services and products. 

As part of this process, ClimatePartner ensures transparency through a clear labeling system that is anchored in an IT solution certified by the Austrian technical inspection authority (TÜV Austria). ClimatePartner is considered to be the inventor of the climate neutral printing process and participated in the creation of ISO 16759 for carbon footprinting for print products.

For offsets, ClimatePartner develops its own carbon offset projects and offers a broad portfolio of recognized carbon offset projects in cooperation with a global network of partners.

Founded in 2006 in Munich, the company has 40 staff members in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as over 1,000 clients. ClimatePartner works closely with environmental associations and provides expert opinions on various international committees.

 

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Duotone environmental campaign

We strive to use our resources, our knowledge and our connections for environmental protection. We want to show you this and take you along: we all have the chance to change something.

Let us take a stand.

DUOTONE CLEAN BEACH DAY

Duotone Clean beach day

The ocean is our playground, our race track and relaxation zone, our source of inspiration and thrill. We love it. Not only for the endless opportunities it offers in regard to kiting but also for the power, strength, and beauty it exudes. Without it kiteboarding wouldn’t be the same. Yet this essential part of our lives is seriously threatened. Huge amounts of garbage, especially plastic, are endangering our oceans and the wildlife living in it. By now, plastic makes up for most of the marine litter worldwide. Experts estimate it at millions of tons. And those numbers are growing.  

 

According to the UN more than 8 million tons of plastic leak into the ocean each year – equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic every minute. It is so much that you can see it from outer space. In some places the garbage builds up to “islands of trash” which cover huge areas of the sea, some of them bigger than the entire country of Germany. If we continue dumping items such as plastic bottles, bags, and cups after a single use at our current rate, estimates suggest that by 2050 oceans will carry more plastic than fish.

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