Despite the Matunas Family Farm’s limited transparency surrounding their product’s ingredients and working conditions, I am absolutely stoked about Matunas Organic Surf Wax! It is ironic how unsustainable surf products have been considering how much most surfers love the ocean and nature. Traditional surf wax is mostly made from paraffin wax, which is petroleum based. During every surf sesh little pieces of wax are bound to come off our boards, so if we are using paraffin based waxes we have been unknowingly allowing non-biodegradable pieces of wax to degrade our beloved beaches and harm marine life. As a dedicated surfer and lover of the ocean I am pledging to do better by buying only natural surf waxes! Priced at only about a $1.50 to $2 a stick and with just as much grip as traditional surf waxes, Matunas Organic Surf Wax is an affordable and effective way to continue dropping in on gnarly waves, while also showing some respect for Mother Nature.
Unlike other natural surf waxes, Matunas Organic Surf Wax, is not beeswax or soy based. Matunas Organic Surf Wax is made from organic jasmine root, organic raspberry, organic apricots, and other natural, local California grown ingredients. The wax wrappers are made of 100% recycled paper and are printed with soy ink. Way to go Matunas! One little issue though with Matunas Organic Wax is that the Matunas website and Matt Mattoon, the creator of Matunas Organic Surf Wax, are unwilling to share what other natural ingredients are used to make their organic surf wax. Other surf websites that sell Matunas Organic Surf Wax seem to guess that the wax is also made with other ingredients such as clay, aloe, tree sap, and coconut oil. Matt Mattoon has not validated any of these guesses, but he assures consumers that the wax is not made with beeswax, soy, or paraffins. I think it is likely that Matunas does not share these “secret ingredients” because they do not want other companies to be able to replicate their product..... but it still seems a bit shady to leave out ingredients on a product that comes in contact with the consumer’s skin. While it seems uncommon, I have read a couple reviews on Amazon where consumers have reported getting a rash on their skin where they came in contact with the Matunas Organic Surf Wax. It would be responsible of Matunas to list all ingredients so consumers can avoid buying this wax if they are allergic to any of the ingredients. Despite the lack of transparency with their “secret ingredients”, Matunas goes above and beyond by sourcing all the natural ingredients for their surf wax from their organic farm and other local farms in California.
The Matunas Organic Surf Wax process seems simple, sustainable, and straight-forward. According to Matt Mattoon, the creator of Matunas surf wax, there are only eight steps to “cultivate an organic wax”. First, the soil at the 25-acre Matunas farm in Santa Cruz is prepared for crops. Next seeds, such as apricot trees, jasmine plants, and raspberry bushes are sowed. Then, they wait out the growing season. After that the crops are harvested. The ingredients are brewed into a liquid and then poured into a mould. When the liquid dries the bars are popped out of the mold and put in their recycled labels. The company even makes sure to ship out their product in recycled boxes!
Matunas Organic Surf Wax is made at the 25-acre organic Matunas Farm in Santa Cruz, California. Since 1935, the Matunas family has owned and run the farm. Matt Mattoon came up with the ingenious idea for Matunas Organic Surf Wax in 1998 and the farm has been producing the eco-friendly surf wax ever since! The ingredients for the wax are harvested by Matunas farm workers and the wax is also made by those that work at the farm. I was unable to find a list of Matunas workers and how much they are paid, so it is unclear if the company treats their employees ethically and if they pay a living wage. On the other hand, I haven’t found any news articles describing mistreatment, so that is a good sign. Matunas family farm also sells other organic and sustainable products, such as 100% soy surf wax candles, organic lip balm, and organic coconut air fresheners.