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Jan. 5, 2013 | Ride Greener

Introducing the eco friendly products Vol. 4


Mervin has been building Libtech and Gnu snowboards every day for over 25 years. From the beginning, they have always been a very environmentally aware snowboard company. Nearly Canadian snowboard Kraftsmen need healthy work environments, so they can achieve maximum shred. Mike Olson and Norm Nelson head up the environMENTAL division. It is their passion to stay on the front lines with the green efforts:


  • They use non-petroleum based bio-plastics made from castor beans – beans are a magical fruit !
  • They don’t use any cancer-causing toxic automative lacquer clearcoats. Cancer can result in death. You don’t have to support companies that use toxic printing systems.
  • They use soy-based elastomer sidewalls instead of toxic abs.
  • They use only renewable forest products for our cores. Fast growing trees have long fibers and natural pop. Wood is nature’s fiberglass !


  • They use only low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) epoxy resin systems. Their resin doesn’t stink or make you dizzy.
  • Their basalt fiber is additive-free and less toxic than conventional fiberglass.
  • They use water-cleansed grinding systems to minimize airborne particulate levels.
  • Their factory has 2700% air replacement ventilation systems.
  • Their wood sawdust is recycled as a soil additive, and they donate their scrap wood to a local Mood Wood company that packages it as kindling and resells it.
  • They recycle all their scrap plastics (base cutouts), etc.) which are then reground and used to make new materials.
  • They use water-based solvents (instead of petrochemical-based solvents) for cleaning.
  • Their factory heating runs on canola-based biodiesel ….a renewable resource.
  • Each kraftsman is supplied with a comfort mask and blue rubber gloves, safety glasses are mandatory.
  • Pets are encouraged to stay out of the grinding areas.