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Sustainability is not an impediment to quality: Niche snowboards receive awards (+ video)

Sustainability is not an impediment to quality: Niche snowboards receive awards (+ video)

Created by the Austria-based manufacturer in 2016, the first fully recyclable snowboard marked the beginning of a new sports equipment line, which is remarkable not just for sustainability but also for high assessments received from professional testers that recognize it as worthy of two Good Wood Awards from Transworld Snowboarding.

This year, winners of the 19th annual Good Wood Awards were selected. This award was established by the international edition Transworld Snowboarding, that is the most long-lasting and reputable snowboard testing in the world.

Awarded in two nominations, Niche Theme and Niche Story boards are developed in partnership with Austria-based the Mothership, which is positioned as the most environmentally friendly snowboard manufacturer, and made from alternative construction materials, including basalt fiber.

98% of local raw materials and renewable energy are used for the manufacturing process. They use Recyclamine® technology, allowing all manufacturing waste and the product itself to be recycled and repurposed for reuse at the end of its product life cycle. Thus, the Niche team accomplished its goal to create a zero-waste, cradle to cradle production, and proved they are not going to sacrifice the quality of the finished product at all.

The similar tasks are pursued by the Italy-based GS4C that is engaged in developing and promotion of sustainable solutions for the composite industry. This year their project of a fully recyclable basalt fiber eco-yacht was nominated for the JEC Innovation Award in Sustainability category.

Speaking about Good Wood Awards, we can say that winning list includes another basalt fiber based snowboard – Rossignol Diva LF. This is a well-known manufacturer that successfully uses basalt fiber in many of its products: skis, snowboards, clothes (Atelier Course Jkt coat won the ISPO Award 2017) and mountain bikes Alpe d’Huez from Time Sport International.

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