When you choose to ride a skateboard, you’re automatically doing the Earth a huge favor. No oil, no gas, no problem! Even though you’re already a bona fide Earth-saving superhero, there’re always more you can do. One of those things is buying your boards, wheels, and gear from a company that’s made a commitment to “go green” by using natural materials and sustainable resources.
In honor of Earth Day, we’re shining the spotlight on a few skate companies that put the planet first. Check them out and celebrate Earth Day by supporting their efforts. Remember: the Earth you save could be your own!
Eco-friendly enthusiasts gather ’round! Bamboo builds complete longboards and cruisers made of sustainable bamboo from managed forests. According to the folks at Bamboo, they choose this material because of its endless renewability as a resource, and it’s minimal effect on the environment. Bamboo not only aids in creating better boards, but is also a socially responsible choice.
We already profiled Sector 9’s newest line of bamboo boards in last week’s post, but just a reminder: their new line of Bamboo boards is made from vertically laminated bamboo. By utilizing their patented lamination process, these boards are light and eco-friendly, but still perfectly capable of popping up a curb or cruising around town.
Comet personally grows their own Canadian Maple trees to make durable, unmatched skateboards and longboards. They also use formaldehyde-free wood glue that’s engineered to be safer for the environment and the people working with it. One of their most impressive acts, however, was moving their facility to the east coast to be closer to the wood they were harvesting for their boards. This allows them to cut down on fuel costs, because they don’t have to ship their materials nearly as far. Now that’s commitment!
Gravity has some killer environmental construction efforts including the use of Earth-Fibe, an all natural, biodegradable fiberglass product made from jute or hemp, and Enviro-Grip, a decking made entirely from ground up and smoothed down recycled bottles and fastened to their boards with water-based urethane, to help insure safe riding and a healthier environment. If you’re not a fan of bamboo, they offer V-Lam, a new technology that turns their birch scraps into resilient and cool looking skateboards, instead of sending them to the landfill. Finally, all their inks and graphics are water based, which means they’re mean, clean, and green from beginning to end.
While Rayne’s environmental efforts aren’t as developed as some of the other companies on this list, they’re making strides toward greener skateboards. They’ve been using Bamboo for a long time because it’s a more sustainable material, they don’t use paint or lacquer, and their boards are sealed and finished with an all natural bee’s wax and orange oil finish.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to put your money where your morals are—especially if you want to keep skating on a healthy planet. Warehouse Skateboards offers tons of green options from great companies, giving you plenty of ways to celebrate Earth Day today, and every day!
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