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Our story

If you rely on the ocean for mindfulness, your livelihood, or just for fun, it’s time you stepped up. It’s time you became a Ghost Rider. Take responsibility for your ride and put something back in the ocean that will genuinely help clean it up. after all, traditional fins are made from non-recyclable plastics, toxic glues and virgin plastic.

 

We can no longer coast our way, half-heartedly, through a sustainable life. It’s hard to swallow, and we can watch all the documentaries we like, but it’s simply not enough. It’s time for action. And we’ve got a plan. A plan that starts with cutting through all the crap – literally. 

Why ghost fin

When was the last time you left a footprint in the sand and saw no trace of litter? From the most remote corners of the natural world to the oceans, we as the human race have collectively managed to spoil so many of the landscapes that bring us joy, bring us peace, bring us places where we make memories. And just think, that’s only the visible pollution. And if that bothers you, we’ve got some sad news – it’s a mere fraction of what is going on under the waves.

 

If you use and enjoy the ocean, you and only you can make the change that is required to finally turn the tide on ocean pollution. You need to be an advocate for its protection. You need Ghost Fin.

A board fin made entirely from recycled fishing nets, marine plastic and ghost fishing nets, produced sustainably in the UK, with a minimal carbon footprint, Ghost Fin has been tried and tested in some of the toughest conditions so you know it can clean up on all fronts.

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THE PRODUCT + SUSTAINABILITY

The carrier bag. The drinking straw. The plastic bottle. Symbols of pollution we are all too familiar with. But the detrimental effect these pollutants have on our oceans is only a fraction of the problem. What about the plastics we can’t see? The ones that catch and kill sea life long after their use has been outlived and outperformed. They are the plastic we are fighting against. The unseen killers, the spectres that hide beneath the waves. Marine Plastics and Ghost fishing nets.

 

Once discarded from commercial fishing boats, the nets drift, catching in the currents, rising and sinking, devastating everything in their path - from surface to seabed. While ocean plastic has garnered a significant amount of attention over recent years, ghost nets and the problems they cause are still relatively unknown. WAP (World Animal Protection) estimates around 700,000 tonnes of ghost gear is dumped in the ocean every year – now, that works out to roughly 55,000 double decker buses – taking up to 600 years to break up.

 

Unlike most other fin manufacturers, all Ghost Fins are made from 100% end of life fishing nets, marine plastic and recycled ghost fishing nets. Produced in the UK, from sourcing to design, production and distribution, everything we do is kept as close to home as possible – reducing our carbon footprint and yours. 

ocean plastic stats

A recent study of the ‘great Pacific garbage patch’ - an area of plastic accumulation as large as Texas in the north Pacific - estimated that it contained 42,000 tonnes of mega plastics, 86% of which was made up of fishing nets. 

Ghost gear is estimated to make up 10% of ocean plastic pollution but forms the majority of large plastic littering the waters. One study found that as much as 70% (by weight) of macroplastics (in excess of 20cm) found floating on the surface of the ocean was fishing related. 

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