We recycle all our wood!
Mervin has been building snowboards every day for over 26 years. From the very beginning we have always tried to be as environmentally conscious as possible with both our work environment and the materials and processes we use. Nearly Canadian Kraftsmen need healthy work and play environments so they can achieve maximum shred.
- We use non-petroleum based bio-plastics made from castor beans.
Beans are a magical fruit!
- We DON’T use any cancer-causing toxic automotive lacquer clearcoats.
Cancer can result in death! You don’t have to support companies that use toxic printing systems.
- We use soy-based elastomer sidewalls instead of toxic ABS.
- We use only low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) epoxy resin systems.
- Our basalt fiber is additive-free & less toxic than conventional fiberglass.
- We use water-cleansed grinding systems to minimize airborne particulate levels.
Pets are encouraged to stay out of the grinding areas.
- We use only renewable forest products for our cores. Columbian Gold is FSC “pure” certified.
Fast growing trees have long fibers & natural pop. Wood is nature’s fiberglass!
- Our wood sawdust is recycled as a soil additive and scrap wood is donated as kindling.
- We recycle all our scrap plastics (base cutouts, etc.)!
- Our factory heating runs on renewable based biodiesel!
Mervin uses an environmentally friendly water-based ink sublimation graphics system to print all our snowboard graphics! (As opposed to the majority of the snowboard industry, which uses toxic solvent-based silkscreen inks with thick solvent-based gloss curtain coats on top… the process of building boards that way is very toxic for both the environment and people working in the factory, and because of the toxic inks, other company’s scrap plastics are not recyclable.)
SIZE DOESN’T MATTER! Mervin does not waste odd sized wood. Using our finger joiner, Mervin is able to use normally unusable “cutoff end” wood core pieces. The wood is actually stronger at the joint than regular wood. The result is that almost no wood is wasted and the boards are stronger and have more pop.
We use fast growing framed eco woodcores. Good wood dust is collected so it can be recycled as soil additive. Scrap wood is donated as kindling.