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The Eco-Friendly Nature of Skateboarding


By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


Skateboarding has since its beginnings been a way of living. A style and an expression of a global counterculture community. It has evolved into a way of personal conveyance, as in cruising, now with more cities around the world getting an interest in adopting a friendlier space towards skateboarding which in turn leads to greater care of environmental sustainability. Studies have suggested that this approach to skateboarding culture may have some ecological benefits.


Alternative Sustainability

According to ‘Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability’, a research done in Chicago, the skateboarding scene of the city has shown a slightly different approach towards public space than in any other city: they call this alternative sustainability and it’s based on how some skaters wax their boards in order to use street furniture ledges for grinding and sliding without ruining the surface. The study also suggests that both kind of skaters, the ones that use wax and the ones who don’t, have different interactions with public space: the pro-wax group have a set of ethic and civic beliefs on the right usage of skates and the un-wax, even though they see this grinding mark as a community symbol, generally helpin to highlight which public space is favorable or not for skateboarding across the city.


Sustainable Resources and Products

A bamboo skateboard: Skateboarding can be environmentalism

According to Forbes, some companies are interested in searching alternatives for skateboards raw materials. Companies such as Bamboo Skateboards, Langbrett and Uitto use recyclable and renewable materials like Kareline natural fiber composite and trees’ offcut logs for boards, and synthetic ecofriendly glue, paintjob and wheels. Most decks are still made from maple wood as main timber, but their percentage usage is dropping significantly since deforestation concern has been introduced along nontoxic material for users and the Environment.






Saving the Ocean riding a Deck

Other companies use recycled fishnets and bottle caps stranded on beaches or floating in the sea to make skateboards out of it. These campaigns are spreading worldwide as more people become focused on how to be eco-friendlier and still be a skater without any moral dilemma. Creativity is the secret recipe for it and doesn’t bail out when a good deck is at stake, even if it’s a nonconventional craftmanship, just as nonconventional or nonconformist as skateboarding is.


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