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3/21/2016

Recyclable snowboard close to commercialization

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Niche Snowboards worked with Connora Technology and Entropy Resins to apply their Recyclamine technology into Niche's snowboards.

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Niche Snowboards (Salt Lake City, UT, US) reports that its 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, is close to ready for market entry.

Niche Snowboards teamed up with Connora Technology and Entropy Resins (both Hayward, CA, US) to apply their Recyclamine technology into Niche Snowboards’ eco-friendly snowboard manufacturing process. 

The application and testing started 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,” says Ana Van Pelt, co-founder and chief brand officer

The use of this 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 specially developed solution, enabling the harvest of virgin materials that can then be recycled and repurposed to create other new products. Niche Snowboards is working on creating collaborations within the snowsports industry.

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