I’m going to tell you a quick story about how Building The Revolution got the capital to print the first run of t-shirts. I recycled cans.
Told you it was a quick story. Building The Revolution is still running on the initial money raised from recycling cans. How? Closely managing inventory and distribution. Not spending more than I have. Taking everything one step at a time. That’s how.
Is money the only reason to recycle? NO! For me, its just the right thing to do but this article isn’t about me. This article is about skateboard companies who use recycled materials to manufacture their products. Check out the list below of kind recycled products.
Bureo gathers used fishing nets in Chile, then recycles them into Skateboards, Glasses, Jenga, and more. Most recently, they have partnered with Patagonia to make the brim stiffeners in Patagonia hats. Fishing nets make up about 10% of the plastic pollution problem in the ocean. Buero is working hard to make a solution for that problem.
Beercan Boards is a small, family owned and operated business located in Douglas, Georgia. Their decks are made from 100% recycled aluminum cans and plastic. Maybe your shop needs some American made, recyclable drop decks.
SHRED SKATEBOARDING CO
Shred Skateboarding Co has partnered with Earth Technologies to bring you a skateboard deck made from surfboard manufacturing waste. They haven’t launched yet but their first run of products will be dropping soon. I wonder if you get a deal on a skateboard when your order a surfboard from Ryan Harris? I mean… you already bought the blank.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I love the Satori Movement and I’m thrilled they are back in full force. I used to dream that Craig would let me start Satori Surf. The Satori Movement has been about sustainability, recycling, and positivity since 1998. Below is a little history on Satori.
Satori was founded in 1998 with the intention of bringing a positive and sustainable perspective to skateboarding. The word “Satori” comes from Japanese Buddhism and means “pure awareness”, “instantaneous enlightenment”, a state of consciousness. Co-founder, Craig Nejedly, had been reading a book by Dan Millman called The “Way of the Peaceful Warrior” when fellow co-founder called him up with the idea to start a wheel company. Instantly, Craig said let’s name the company Satori!! And the rest is history. Satori describes that magic moment in skateboarding when you pop your tail to do a trick and at that moment, from mindless action to rolling away, is that blissful state of Satori. Nothing feels better than rolling away from a hard trick! You have to let all the thoughts go and just do the trick! That is Satori Movement~
For decades, Satori has pioneered in bringing more sustainability to skateboarding and lifestyle culture. Satori was the first wheel company ever to figure out a way to recycle used wheels as urethane can not simply be melted down like other plastics. It took years of focus and innovation to develop the “Relife” recycled wheel program to keep the urethane from going to the garbage dump. Relife wheels are made with over 60% post-consumer recycled urethane; truly amazing wheels with a unique look and quality, smooth ride. Satori also incorporates veggie oil into some formulas to offset the use of petroleum oil in the urethane as well as other innovative and sustainable approaches to manufacturing products.
We are just scratching the surface of brands that use recyclables in their products. I’m sure if you dig deep, you will find a bunch of skateboard brands that are pushing recyclables. Let us know who your favorites are.