Follow Your Passion: Expert Advice from Grain Surfboards
Mike and Brad are the founders of Grain Surfboards – an eco-conscious, locally-sourced and community driven business located in southern Maine near the Atlantic Ocean (all the better for putting their boards to the test).
We caught up with them during a few quiet moments when they weren’t focused on waves or work to see what tips they have for other aspiring small and sustainable business owners:
Source local. Not only does it help your community and economy when you buy your materials locally, it cuts down on transportation emissions. Grain uses cedar from a local mill for their boards.
Hire local. Another great way to support your community is by hiring your (qualified) neighbors. Some of Grain’s employees live so close by, they travel to work by bicycle (talk about a fun commute!).
Use everything. Grain gives its wood shavings to farmers, who use it as bedding for animals. What kind of waste are you throwing in the landfill that could have a useful second life? (At Timberland, we’ve started using old fishing nets to make material for our jackets – who knew?)
And finally: Follow your passion. Mike and Brad and their team are crazy about 2 things: surfing and treating the world right – and those passions shine through in every decision and surfboard they make. If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, life’s not nearly as much fun.