Green Snowboard Companies


When one must buy a new board environmentally conscious boarders have more choices than ever before. No brand is entirely environmentally friendly, but there are a few companies that are doing their part to help save the environment and reduce the toxic chemicals that manufacturing them produces. Because boards are put together with less than sustainable ingredients what makes these boards more green comes down to how its constructed.






Used with permission from Arbor
Used with permission from Arbor


Arbor

Arbor snowboard collective has always been at the forefront of sustainable snowboarding, in 2001 they were the first to incorporate bamboo into their board's core. More recently they have replaced their sidewalls which were made out of either fiberglass or polyethylene with bamboo as well. This cuts down on fiberglass and resin use by up to 20% when compared to traditional snowboard manufacturing.





Used with permission from Salomon
Used with permission from Salomon


Salomon


Salomon snowboards replaced the traditional layers of fiberglass and resin with structural bamboo veneers. This saves weight, reduces waster and is better for the environment. The side walls have been replaced with waterproof bamboo rods. All of the bamboo that goes into Salomon boards is locally sourced, further decreasing emissions. Salomon has even developed a new construction that allows the company to reheat and recycle the board when the rider is done with it. This was done by replacing all of the traditional resins with a Polyethylene glue that separates and recycle when heated. This is a huge step towards a totally recyclable board.





Used with permission from Burton
Used with permission from Burton

Burton

Burton is arguably one of the most recognizable snowboard companies uses recycled materials whenever possible when creating new boards. They have cut back significantly on waste stream that happens in standard snowboard manufacturing. While the company has made strides to improve on its environmental impact by reducing manufacturing waste whenever possible Eco Nico is the brands first truly "green" by design board, it features a Forest Stewardship certified wood core, a lacquer free top sheet, 90% recycled steel edges, 100% recycled side walls and a 50% recycled base.





Republic

Used with permission from Republic
Used with permission from Republic


When printing their board's graphics Republic uses sublimation, a water base process without the need for chemical solvents and recycle all transfer paper used in the process. In addition to this innovation they recycles all cut out of plastic base material, plastic chip from cutting process, only use pneumatic power which in Quebec only Hydroelectricity is used one of the greener energies available today. To reduce their carbon footprint they use local sawmills for supplying their wood core and often used wood that is scrap or burn for heating local sawmills.