31 January, 2018 31 January, 2018

Zag vs Plastic

Surfing is defined by our relationship to the ocean. Which makes us all custodians of that thing that brings us so much joy. Zag is firmly aboard the sustainability train. But we could do better. Our mags are printed through an FSC certified printer, ensuring our paper is green and harvested promoting environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. Beyond this, the ink used to bring these surfy thoughts and images to life are vegetable-based, meaning they are compostable and far better for the environment than their petroleum-based counterparts. The final hurdle we are yet to clear is our plastic bagging. Get this right and you can literally throw your whole mag into the compost bin when you’re finished reading it and stoking out, (not that you’d want to, as we strive to make every Zigzag a collector’s item, but you get the gist).

As you know, virtually every piece of plastic that has ever been made still exists in some shape or form. In fact, enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times, that’s 160 300 km. Of all the trash found bobbing in our ocean, 90% of it is plastic that equates to roughly 46000 pieces of plastic per 2.5 km2. Here at the Zag, we want no part of that. And we’re fully committed to kicking our plastic packaging problem as fast as we can! No more will the Zag be covered in plastic, but we need your help. If anyone out there in Zagland knows a thing or two about bioplastics or environmentally friendly packaging alternatives and where to source them please drop us an email at info@zigzag.co.za and help us to kick our single-use polyprop bags into the history bin.


  1. Hugh Mitchell
    31 January, 2018 at 1:09 pm · Reply

    Hi Zig Zag

    Hopefully you guys get to read this.

    You might be able to get rid of the single-use polyprop bags by getting rid of the extra things like stickers in the magazine. The only reason I find for the plastic bags is to keep all the extra bits of the magazine inside the magazine. You guys might have other reasons.
    I’m not a fan of the stickers and extras because I have no use for them but maybe you could get rid of them, or somehow incorporate the stickers onto a paper page of the magazine. This would require some logistics from the brands providing the stickers by allowing you to print all the different brand’s stickers onto a single page. Maybe do a survey and find out what people think of all the stickers.
    As for the wetsuit guides, maybe do a similar thing as the surfboard guides.

    Many magazines are sold without a plastic cover and I’m sure there are many ways to get rid of the plastic bag and not even have to produce an alternative, even if it is environmentally friendly.

    Just my thoughts but you guys know the intricacies better.

    I hope the water is warm and the barrels are big. Keep the stoke!

  2. Natalie
    31 January, 2018 at 3:04 pm · Reply

    Hi ZigZag
    Have you considered using a printed paper envelope instead of a plastic bag? I have seen at Woolies when they offer a special with say 3 mags for the price of one, these magazines are all bundled together into a brown paper envelope.
    Just an idea.


  3. Trevor GrayName (required)
    31 January, 2018 at 3:28 pm · Reply

    Tough one guys!
    Personally I use the bag for poo patrol so it is not a single use item. Perhaps a paper envelope style? Stickers still have a role to play in my humble opinion!
    Maybe it could be re used to roll joints? Much like the Zag blades?

  4. Anton
    1 February, 2018 at 8:08 am · Reply

    These guys should be able to assist:

    Bob Cork Agencies cc
    T . +27 (21) 702 0578
    F . +27 (21) 702 0769
    Mob . +27 (82) 442 7134
    Email . bob@bobcorkagencies.co.za
    Website . http://www.bobcorkagencies.co.za

    Tell them I sent you

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