The development of Plastics since 1945 have given the sailmaking industry endless opportunities to develop better, faster and longer lasting sails. Like many industries local craftsman have disappeared and replaced by global players that primarily produce sails in low income countries. Local lofts are now service centers or focus on making covers, spray-hoods and repairs.
This industry has a huge ecological footprint using big plants, lots of chemicals and recycling is not part of the business model. For the future of our planet and the watersports industry we need to change this.
Who are the big names in the industry, which materials are used and how sustainable is this part of our wind powered pastime?
Watch out for our Report which will be published soon.