What we are doing to restore bio diversity in Indonesia - Snapper

What we are doing to restore bio diversity in Indonesia

What we are doing to restore bio diversity in Indonesia

Gepost door SnapperX op 06-11-2018

Some of the balsa wood we use for our boards is cultivated by local Indonesian farmers on their land. Most of our balsa wood, however, comes from reforestation projects in Borneo. Reforestation is extremely important for the climate. These projects also give a new home to orangutan orphans that lost their habitat because of the palm oil’s deforestation impact. Restoring natural biodiversity is now more important than ever.


Monoculture is the cultivation of one type of tree on an enormous scale, for the profit of one product only. Up till now Borneo has been suffering immensely from the palm oil and rubber tree production monoculture.

Monoculture damages the biodiversity and the environment’s general health on a large scale. If you walk around monoculture plantations you don’t hear the sound of birds singing.

There is no life in these places: no insects, no birds, no primates or mammals. The life in the soil is completely destroyed by the use of gigantic amounts of Roundup, a product that is prohibited in Belgium.


SNAPPERX promotes and applies polyculture cultivation. Polyculture production forests contain multiple sorts of trees.

This way the farmers have the chance to earn double wages on the same piece of land. The planted trees and crops are selected in such a way that each can provide for an income in its own way.

Together the trees and crops grow out into a forest that attracts life: numerous kinds of birds, insects, … are living again in these areas. The positive impact is enormous.


Borneo only has 10 million of its 70 million hectares of authentic jungle left. Thanks to polyculture the deforestation can come to an end. In production forests people can grow wood as well as crops.

The Indonesian forester Willie Smits has worked out an ambitious plan to transform the millions of hectares of monoculture into polyculture production forests. This way biodiversity can flourish again and local people can increase their income.

A win-win situation for both human and nature.


The balsa wood we use is produced ecologically. But there’s more:

  • Our boards are handmade. This saves a lot of electricity, in contrast to CNC cutting machines. We use invironmently epoxy resin witah zero solvent and zero VOC.

  • For our surfbags we use recycled canvas from the advertising industry. Advertising banners that otherwise would be burned now come back to life as surfing bags.

  • The cultivation of pandan, alang grass and banana leaves supports local economy. Using vegetal materials helps us with our low impact story. Plants are better than plastics. All these crops are cultivated in a sustainable way in production forests. The plant materials are processed locally to avoid transport.

  • SNAPPERX fins are made of a biodegradable kind of plastic. These fins won’t last forever, but that is just what we want! Clean them with fresh water and you can surf with them for 3 to 4 years.

  • To make our tailpads we use cork.

  • Our line of sunglasses is made with recycled wood from the furniture industry.

  • We use organic textile products to make our clothes. This helps to reduce water consumption and the use of pesticides.

  • Our wax is made of natural wax products.

With our low impact, we go for a major impact.

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