GNU and Lib-Tech snow boards

These are made by Mervin, who are based in Washington state.

From their website:

“Mervin has been building snowboards every day for over 25 years. From the beginning, we’ve been a very environmentally aware snowboard factory. Founders, Mike Olson and Pete Saari both spent many years hand-building snowboards themselves and wanted their shop to be as healthy and easy on them, their crew and the environment as possible.

“The goal of making a “green” snowboard is to reduce unsustainable and environmentally harmful materials used. No one’s entirely licked it yet, but Mervin Manufacturing is coming the closest. Almost all their Lib Tech and Gnu boards feature recycled bases, soy-based elastomer sidewalls, low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound, b-a-d) epoxy resins, sustainably harvested wood cores, and no toxic finishing clearcoats. Their new Banana Magic model takes it further, incorporating 100 percent Baslat fiber instead of fiberglass, and a topsheet made from castor beans.”

Mike and Norm run a Lib Tech biodiesel co-op, with a filling station next to the factory. Our factory is also heated with biodiesel. All the electricity used by the factory is “green” power specially contracted from the local PUD. We recycle all the scrap manufacturing materials possible… including scrap wood, sawdust, and plastic base materials.

Mervin sublimates rather than silkscreens its graphics. Our sublimation process eliminates the need for the super toxic automotive lacquer gloss coats you see on many shiny snowboard topsheets. (If the snowboard you own looks unbelievably glossy and shiny you are looking a “toxic gloss curtain coat” and you better believe it stunk and killed brain cells to make it shine). Our sublimation system also allows us to recycle excess base material (you cannot recycle scrap base material that has silkscreen inks on it).

This year Mervin introduced a new environmental plastic top material called BEANS that is stronger and lighter than conventional top materials. The oil used to make these topsheets comes from the castor bean plant. BEANS enviro-plastic bio-polymer is used on many models of the 08 Gnu and Lib Tech lines. Here at Mervin, we build our own snowboards near Canada in the USA with a snowboarder, surfer, skateboarder labor force. Our crew needs a healthy work environment to maximize their shred potential”.

Further information:

Working conditions

“All Lib Tech bananas are handcrafted in the world’s most environMental snowboard factory in the USA near Canada”. No specific information about working conditions.

Where can you get them?

Check here for the various outlests that stock them in Australia.

Many thanks to Daniel from forum for letting me know about this one.


About Cam Walker

I work with Friends of the Earth, and live in Castlemaine in Central Victoria, Australia. Activist, dad to Tali & Mia, mountain enthusiast, climber & would be telemark skier.
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