Skateboarders and longboarders care about the environment, and most are willing to spend a few extra dollars to support companies that use sustainable practices. If a longboard company also makes some of the best products on the market, of course, longboarders have a much easier time making the decision to go green.
Landyachtz Longboards is an excellent example of a longboarding manufacturer that does things the right way. The company is well-known for its outstanding boards with features like raised concaves and light, durable materials. Boards like the Switch 37 and Switch are also made with a eco-friendly manufacturing process and shipped in an earth-friendly way.
Since 1997, Landyachtz has used bamboo for deck construction, recycled unused wood and grip tape as packing materials and used eco-friendly procedures to minimize its carbon footprint. Even the Landyachtz factory itself is earth friendly. Owners Michael Perreten and Thomas Edstrand elected to gut and rebuild an old damaged warehouse rather than tearing it down to build over it, taking on thousands of dollars in additional costs in order to avoid damaging the local atmosphere.
What's most striking about Landyachtz'ecological strategies is that the company's owners use common sense to stay sustainable. Whereas many businesses would invest in massive energy audits and make symbolic, empty gestures to demonstrate a commitment to the environment,most of Landyachtz' employees live near the company's Vancouver factory and ride their boards to work every day.
The company's forward-thinking approach has also contributed to its varied product line. Landyachtz makes boards for racers and free riders of all sizes. Through boards like the Wolfshark, Peacemaker and Loco series, Landyachtz has reinvented the longboard by radically altering deck shape to meet the needs of different riders. Trick fans consider Landyachtz decks as some of the most reliable on the market, and thanks to eco-friendly, super-light materials, racers like Dillon Stephens often prefer Landyachtz for competition.
Ultimately, Landyachtz' green practices and innovative board designs show that technology and sustainability go hand-in-hand. Boarders who appreciate a low carbon footprint and versatility will appreciate Landyachtz' excellent selection of earth-friendly boards, trucks and wheels.