Snowboarders have long taken advantage of some of natures most spectacular settings to enjoy their sport. And with the slopes some of the most at risk geographies from climate change, the industry is shifting its focus onto more bio-based solutions. And this month has seen Sicomin, a supplier of epoxy resin solutions ally with snowboard manufacturer Nidecker to produce the first bio-based snowboard. The Nidecker prototype uses Sicomins GreenPoxy 56 a new generation bio-based epoxy produced with over 50% of carbon content derived from plant and vegetable origin.
Tested in accordance with ASTM D6866, GreenPoxy 56 has the highest green carbon epoxy resin content on the market and provides excellent laminate properties as well as achieving a tough, strong and durable bond on all surfaces.
Nidecker are working towards a goal of a zero carbon footprint and have long focussed on developing eco-friendly materials, products, and processes. Indeed, some of their sustainable processes have been in place almost since their founding over 125 years ago.
A leading supplier of epoxy systems and other composite materials, Sicomin has been formulating innovative epoxy resin solutions for 30 years and boasts one of the largest product ranges in the market. Nidecker is committed to continuing its relationship with Sicomin to develop a complete range of high performance bio-based boards.
Produced by Meditec, Tunisia, for Nidecker, the board is constructed using a conventional compression moulding hot press thanks to the easy processing attributes of this epoxy system.
Others steps taken by Nidecker to lower their carbon footprint include using the heat from the snowboard presses to heat the factory through a closed-circuit radiant heating system in the floor, using a 100% biodegradable formula for waxing, minimalist and 100% recyclable packaking and favouring materials produced locally, close to our factory, to reduce transportation requirements and minimize our carbon footprint.
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