The Green Initiative is in full swing across the globe. Fearing the detrimental effects on the environment and the raising cost of energy sources. Many in the consumer goods industry, including those in the athletic goods field, have adapt environmental friendly and sustainable production methods. You could easily find footwear that are biodegradable, clothing composed from recycled products, even ball courts made from old sneakers. But what if your product was never meant to be “taken apart”? And its level of quality solely depended on how durable it was made?
This paradox of ideals challenged the folks at Burton. Created by bonding steel, carbon fiber, wood, plastic, with layers of epoxy and polymer, a Burton snowboard was never meant to be taken apart and recycle. Still, being a company long related to environmental issues since its establishment, Burton needed a answer to the problem of recycled boards. So the company found an ingenious solution – transform the recycled snowboards into something simple and useful: clip pads.
Simply cut apart a recycled snowboard with a band saw, smooth out the edges, drill in the clips and presto! An unique clip board with the snowboard graphics on it still. A solution to today’s problem that is not only economical & efficient, it is effective and cool as well.
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