There are bodyboards that serious boogie boarders use to surf. And then there are the cheaply made bodyboards found in tourist shops. They’re constructed of thin pieces of polystyrene wrapped in a colorful cloth decal with a nylon cord for a wrist-strap, usually sold for $10-15. They’re generally only good for one or two sessions and have become a story at beach destinations across the world, with families on vacation buying one, two, or three at a time, only to have them end up broken in half and stacked next to the beach garbage can by the end of the day.
In a radical move to reduce such waste, Maui County, Hawaii is looking to enact a ban on the sale or rental of the cheap polystyrene boards, which they are describing as “disposable” or “single-use” bodyboards.