Friday, 17 August 2007

Natural PFD Filler - Kapok

We recently found this fantastic article about Astral Buoyancy founder Philip Curry and the rediscovery of using kapok as filler for PFD's. Kapok is a material that was used extensively during the second world war for a variety of different products including pfd's, car seats, and pillows. What is kapok? It is a natural fibre found in the Indonesian rain forest and harvested from the seedpods of the ceiba tree. In its raw form, it looks like a feathery ball of cotton. Kapok is naturally buoyant, with a high resistance to water and decay. There are also great benefits for the environment as it produces little waste, is easily recycles and growing it requires no chemicals. With so many companies touting their "greenness" will they start using this material as well? Astral Buoyancy is convinced it is the way to go for sure. We will see. Thanks to Playak for the link.
Thursday, 16 August 2007

Canoe Crash

Photo by: Shane Macomber/Vail Daily There was a crash with 7 vehicles on the I-70 in Vail, CO today which left one person in critical condition. The other passengers suffered only minor injuries. The canoe that was strapped to one of the cars didn't fair to well... Article Link:
  Stratham, N.H. - Miōn Footwear, the brand of performance footwear for environmentally-engaged amphibious athletes, is donating $950 to the Utah Rivers Council as a result of a successful turnout and a talented pool of kayakers at its first annual Speed Rolling Contest at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City. The August 9 event turned out a crowd of curious spectators as it pitted kayakers against one another in rolling rivalry to determine who could pull off the greatest number in a 30-second time period. Miōn athlete and extreme kayaker, Tao Berman, helped to raise the intensity with his emceeing skills by providing commentary for the crowd. The Speed Rolling Contest summoned a pool of eight top kayakers and burgeoning talents to compete for rolling glory and cash prizes. Paddlers used several strategies, including one no-paddle technique called a hand-roll, to gain the greatest number of rolls in each 30-second slot. After round one, the three best rolling contenders competed head-to-head to determine the top winners. After the final round, the title of rolling champion went to Jared Seiler, from Gladwyne, Penn., who pulled off an amazing 22 rolls for a first place win and a $200 cash prize. Corey Volt (Beachburg, Ontario) and Todd Baker (Dillsburg, Penn.) tied for second place, each gaining 17 rolls and winning $75 cash. The first round of paddlers produced 134 rolls from all paddlers while the final round concluded with a total of 56 rolls - for a grand total of 190 rolls accumulated. As promised, Miōn will be giving a $5 donation per roll, or $950, to the Utah Rivers Council, a grassroots advocacy group that helps to protect rivers and clean water sources in Utah. Beyond providing an innovative new product, Miōn is committed to a path toward environmentally sustainable practices. While performance footwear manufacturing is not yet a "green" process, Miōn is making every effort to embed its environmental philosophy into every aspect of its business. Miōn® Footwear will strive to operate as a carbon neutral brand beginning in 2007 and beyond. Miōn is committed to 100% renewable…
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