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Niche in final testing of 100% recyclable snowboard
Niche Snowboards is excited to announce the first 100% fully recyclable snowboard, allowing all manufacturing waste and the product itself to be recycled and repurposed for reuse at the end of its product life cycle.Niche Snowboards teamed up with Connora Technology and Entropy Resins to apply their Recyclamine® technology into Niche Snowboards’ eco friendly snowboard manufacturing process.
The application and testing started back in 2014. Niche team riders and team members are conducting final testing of Niche Snowboards’ Recyclamine® prototypes this month.“Being at the forefront of sustainable manufacturing has always been a source of pride and top priority for us, and the sole reason we started Niche in 2009,” said Ana Van Pelt, Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer.The use of this revolutionary technology provides an end of life solution for snow sports products, and for the waste created during the manufacturing process. The resins within the snowboard and other waste material can be dissolved and broken apart using a top-secret solution, enabling them to harvest the virgin materials which can then be recycled and repurposed to create other new products. Niche Snowboards is working on creating thoughtful collaborations within the snowsports industry.
“Being at the forefront of sustainable manufacturing has always been a source of pride and top priority for us, and the sole reason we started Niche in 2009,” said Ana Van Pelt, Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer“Along with several exciting updates we’ve made going into 2016/17, this is something we are most proud of. We’ve been testing and prototyping Recyclamine® for the last two years, dedicating a substantial amount of effort into properly dialing in the formulations to make sure the boards continue to ride as well as they always have, if not better. As we enter our final development phase, we’re beyond excited to be able to tell the snowboard community about something we know has the ability to revolutionize the entire snowboard manufacturing industry by creating a TRUE zero-landfill manufacturing solution. We are honored to be the first, and look forward to the day when the rest of the industry takes notice and hopefully welcomes these kinds of solutions into their own manufacturing,” said Van Pelt.
About Niche Snowboards:Founded in 2009, Niche is based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. We’re committed to making the highest quality snowboards, constructed with eco-friendlier materials that reflect our love affair with nature and good design. We believe snowboarding and creativity go hand-in-hand, and are passionate about making boards that are lighter, snappier and more durable thanmost traditionally constructed decks.Niche is, above all else, dedicated to providing the global snowboard community with a quality product whose environmental impact is lessened by thoughtful design, conscious material selection and the desire to craft quality snowboards.More information:www.nichesnowboards.com