In an attempt to curb pollution and waste management, Taylor Lane won a recycling contest with a surfboard covered with 10,000 cigarette butts. An industrial designer, who hails from California, Lane collected all the cigarette butts and glued the top and bottom layer of butts to the surfboard. However, it is not made of just cigarette butts, but also the waste that gets thrown in water bodies and beaches.
“This is the most polluted item picked up on the beach,” he said, adding, “And no one thinks twice about what you can do with it.” In his social media post, Lane also said, “Up next we will be adding EPS rail cut offs from local surf shops to give the board more shape and volume.”
All the contestants were given three months to create their surfboards. Lane, 24, from Santa Cruz, had the top entry amid an assortment of boards made from potato sacks, used packaging and stuff picked up from Dumpster dives. The entries were for the third annual ‘Creators & Innovators Upcycle Contest’.
A dozen entries were displayed last Friday at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano. Lane and his friend, Ben Judkins, spent the summer plucking butts from the sand, beach parking lots and local paths in Santa Cruz. The board also uses Styrofoam from fish markets.