At Nidecker, we recognize the importance of environmental sustainability and have taken extraordinary steps across our entire product line to use materials and apply processes that will reduce our impact on the environment. As part of this program, we insist that our materials be ecologically certified and every process we implement must meet or exceed sustainable norms. All of our materials and processes have been carefully selected with one eye toward quality and the other toward our impact on the world around us.
While these efforts have added cost to the process of building boards, the Nidecker family feels very strongly that these costs not be passed on to the consumer, and our prices have not risen as a result of these initiatives. We will continue to pursue excellence in snowboard manufacturing, developing new technologies and fine-tuning our products, but we don’t believe we must do this at the expense of the environment.
Nidecker has long been an industry leader in developing eco-friendly materials, products, and processes. Indeed, some of our sustainable processes have been in place almost since our inception – over 125 years ago! We believe a sustainable future is within reach and will work ceaselessly toward that end. Our long-term goal is to produce the finest snowboards in the world, while reducing our overall carbon footprint to zero.
Here are some of the steps we have taken to keep our world green:
We use the heat from our snowboard presses to heat the factory through a closed-circuit radiant heating system in the floor.
We recycle our unused cores and other remnants, but most particularly, we reuse our scrap base material. This not only eliminates one of the largest portions of manufacturing waste created by making snowboards, but it allows us to avoid using harmful petrochemical inks and solvents.
Our waxing process uses a 100% biodegradable formula.
All of our internal processes meet or exceed sustainable norms.
We use die cut bases almost exclusively and design base patterns with inverse - color variations, meaning a much more efficient use of materials.
Our packaging is minimalist and 100% recyclable.
We favor materials produced locally, close to our factory, to reduce transportation requirements and minimize our carbon footprint.
Our materials are virtually all ecologically certified. For example, most of our cores are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which means that they come from forests responsibly managed to meet the changing social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.
We support Protect Our Winters (POW), Jeremy Jones’ environmental non-profit, the purpose of which is to unite the winter sports community in a common goal of reducing climate change’s effects on our sport and local mountain communities.