DECATHLON Launches First Recycled and Recyclable Bodyboard Made from ARPRO

With a view to improve the components and manufacturing process of their beginner board, DECATHLON selected ARPRO 35 Ocean expanded polypropylene (EPP) as it contains 15% maritime industry waste and is a more sustainable material.

The shape of the bodyboard has been redesigned and inspired by classic bodyboards to make it more suitable for the beginner. This new short shape makes it easier for everyone to catch waves, ensures a better position on the board during the ride and a good ergonomic grip, thanks to the handles. This versatile beginner bodyboard is suitable for the whole family from (15 to 85kg), is 39% stronger than its non-recycled predecessor and provides great stability.

DECATHLON RADBUG bodyboard made from ARPRO 35 Ocean
DECATHLON RADBUG bodyboard made from ARPRO 35 Ocean

ARPRO 35 Ocean’s physical properties and performance are the same as standard ARPRO, but as a result of the 15% recycled content from fishing ropes and nets, the production process generates 7% less CO2 emissions. ARPRO 35 Ocean is 100% recyclable and has a very high strength-to-weight ratio with load-bearing support capability. It is a lightweight, resilient and energy-absorbing material that withstands multiple impacts without damage and reforms to its original shape.

Product Engineer Bodyboard, Edel Leon, said, “we opted to make this bodyboard out of expanded polypropylene, of which 15% comes from recycled fishing nets. This material has many advantages such as its resistance, lightweight form, buoyancy and waterproofness.”

Plastix is a Danish cleantech recycling company specialising in converting fibres, primarily used fishnets, trawls and ropes that would previously have ended up in the ocean or on landfill, into high-grade and virgin-like green plastic raw materials. Plastix provides pellets to JSP for ARPRO 35 Ocean. Plastix has developed a unique technology, enabling the mechanical recycling of post-use plastic fibres from the maritime industry.

Maritime industry fibres and Plastix’ OceanIX pellets
Maritime industry fibres and Plastix’s OceanIX pellets

This board is manufactured by JSP’s customer, Petibol, in Portugal and uses no glue and creates no waste. Customers can return the bodyboard to the Decathlon shop at the end of its life, and the board will then be returned to the Petibol factory. Up to 8% of the material will be reused in new production, making this bodyboard part of a circular economy.

Pauline Mudry, Product Manager Bodyboard, said, “we know there is still a way to go to make our products more environmentally friendly, but we are moving forward and invite our clients to help us by bringing their products back to the shop when they’re at the end of their life.”

The bodyboard is available from a large number of Decathlon shops within Europe or online and costs €25

ARPRO is a market-leading EPP (Expanded Polypropylene) closed bead foam material. ARPRO’s unique combination of properties makes it the ideal polymer for a wide range of applications in the automotive, HVAC and packaging industries. ARPRO is supplied by JSP, a specialist in thermoplastic foams delivering solutions for many sectors including Automotive, HVAC, transportation, sporting goods and more. JSP is the only company with a global presence in research, development and production in the field of expanded polypropylene particle foams. JSP EMEA develops innovative solutions to make products safer, lighter, more cost-effective and sustainable.

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