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WE’RE ZERO-WASTE AND VERY DIFFERENT, HERE’S HOW:
Niche Snowboards is the world’s first and only 100% environmentally-focused, zero-waste snowboard company. Through thoughtful design and conscious material selection, we are able to manufacture a superior product while lessening environmental impact, creating snowboards that are as beautiful to look at as they are to ride.
Niche created the world’s first zero-waste, fully recyclable snowboards. Our unique technology enables our snowboards and manufacturing waste to be fully reclaimed, recycled, and upcycled into new products. Landfill waste is a massive global problem; our end goal is to ensure that nothing we produce ever ends up in a landfill.
Female Founded & Operated
Our use of alternative construction materials is what makes Niche unique…
Salt Lake City
Niche is based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, and crafted in a small town in the Mediterranean…
WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO?
When you purchase products from Niche your dollars directly contribute to…
ONE TREE IS PLANTED FOR EVERY PURCHASE.
We want to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Together we can restore forests, create habitat for biodiversity, and make a positive social impact around the world. We have partnered with One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization that plants trees where they are needed most. One Tree Planted has planted over 40 million trees in more than 47 countries across the globe since 2014. In 2021, they more than doubled their impact from 2020 – with 23.5 million trees!
Trees have tremendous environmental benefits beyond the fact that they remove CO2 from the environment and clean the air we breathe. Planting trees supports biodiversity. Planting trees provides jobs. Planting trees provides integral food and resources to both humans and animals. Climate change is a human rights issue. It’s a social justice issue. And so, we have committed to plant a tree for every order purchased from our company.
For every purchase you make, we plant one tree in your name! So far we have planted over 1,000 trees.
For a few years now, we’ve been working relentlessly on a big goal: make snowboard manufacturing a zero-waste process. Get manufacturing waste out of landfills. Get end-of-life snowboards out of landfills. Turn these things into new products by recycling them. Close the manufacturing loop and introduce a true cradle-to-cradle system that works.
We brought the first 100% fully recyclable snowboard manufacturing to market, allowing all manufacturing waste and the product itself to be recycled and repurposed for reuse at the end of its product life cycle. We have teamed up with Connora to apply their Recyclamine® technology into our existing bio-resins to make a groundbreaking shift in snowboard manufacturing, ensuring that nothing we produce ever ends up in a landfill.
How does it work? The resins within the snowboard can be dissolved and broken apart using a top-secret solution, enabling us to harvest all structural components and materials. These materials can then be recycled, repurposed or upcycled to create other new products like surfboard fins, binding components, or an unlimited array of possibilities!
By using the Recyclamine® system, it is possible to harvest all the raw materials from snowboard manufacturing to be repurposed or recycled.
Recyclamine® curing agents are the only epoxy hardeners available that enable full recyclability of thermosetting epoxy resins. This technology provides chemical resistance and mechanical properties similar to conventional, non-recyclable amine-cured epoxies. Flexibility, toughness, and low temperature properties are equal or superior to conventional epoxies.
Our goal was to create a snowboard that maximized performance while synergistically minimizing all impacts on the environment – a 100% recyclable board using environmentally conscious materials and manufacturing practices. Connora’s Recyclamine® technology was the ideal drop-in resin system to facilitate this snowboard’s manufacture.
Connora is pioneering zero-landfill manufacturing and closed-loop materials for hardgoods in the Action Sports Industry. With market leaders in snow sports and surfing, they are working collaboratively with brands and manufacturers to build recyclable composite products, and re-integrate their manufacturing waste back into valuable products.