January 28, 2013 by Tamara Kelley
A once heated debate topic often times swept under the rug, Global Warming is becoming more and more difficult to ignore. With the ice caps melting at an alarming rate causing the sea level to rise and extreme shifting weather patterns, the ramifications of a rapidly changing environment are beginning to take effect. The Earth is changing and no one knows this better than the people who spend their time in the environment like the founding members of Arbor. Established in 1995 Arbor started as a company producing and selling snowboards while taking on the initial challenge of finding new and innovative ways to address the issue of climate change. Since the start of Arbor Snowboards the company has branched into other outlets bringing their ideas for eco-awareness into skateboards and apparel. As a brand that focuses on board sports, Arbor understands that the success of their company is directly correlated with the health of the planet. Without clean air, water and snow, sports such as snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing will no longer be an option.
In todays market “going green” has become a trend, whether it is the food we eat or the products we use, people are beginning to become more conscientious about the health of themselves and the planet. With the demand of green products on the rise, companies are beginning to produce more options for the ever changing environmentally aware market, and as the industry grows, so do the resources and the technology. Going green has never been a trend for the people at Arbor; infusing sustainable resources with state of the art technology is the standard in which the company is based off of. Arbor uses technologies like Recycled Glass Grip in place of regular grip tape on Arbor Skateboards and a Biofilm of a bio-plastic based off caster bean on all of the Arbor Snowboards.
One of the most common resources Arbor uses in their products is Bamboo. As one of the fastest growing plants, bamboo is one of the most renewable and sustainable resources. Unlike other plant based materials, bamboo is a regenerating plant that only requires natural rainfall and does not need irrigation systems or any harmful chemicals such as chemical fertilizers or pesticides which can be absorbed into soil and water damaging ecosystems by contaminating the plants and animals. Bamboo constructions can be found in Arbor Skateboards and Arbor Snowboards while viscose bamboo and Nano Bamboo is often used in Arbor apparel.
Outside of producing eco friendly skateboards, snowboards, and apparel, Arbor works directly with groups such as True Offsets, The Nature Conservancy, The Surfrider Foundation, The Rainforest Action Network, and American Forests to donate money as well as contribute to projects to help with reforestation around the world. One of their more recent projects with True Offsets Arbor is helping contribute in the reforestation on the Hawaiian Islands to offset emissions.
We are in an ever changing world that faces many challenges of a damaged environment and Global Warming, but with the promise of hard working and passionate people who care about the Earth and its future there is the possibility of change for a better and greener future with snow capped mountains, clean air and healthy oceans. Companies like Arbor are leading the way in eco-friendly products and technology that are pushing to bring consumers cutting-edge designs while improving function.
It doesn’t take much to make a difference and help work for a green and bright future, with Earth Day coming up on April 22, I invite you and your friends to get involved, plant a tree or volunteer to clean up a local park and then go skateboard on eco-friendly skateboard from Arbor. We only have one Earth, let’s take care of it.