Borealis Snowboards is a French snowboard manufacturer that started producing boards in 2013. Even though its early age, Borealis is not scared to fight against the big guys of the snowboard industry with a clear idea: eco-friendly boards. Manager and founder Benjamin Hall explains how he achieves it
1. Borealis Snowboards defines itself as the Eco-Friendly Snowboard Company. What is your philosophy towards preserving the environment?
When I established the company in 2013, my aim was to focus on sustainable materials, quality and performance. I grew up at the foot of the Jura Mountains near Geneva and later in the French Alps. Nature has always been present in my life and I must say it is my greatest source of inspiration, on many levels.
It would have been inconcievable for me to start a snowboard/splitboard company without using eco-materials, especially in this age of climate change.
We have the technology and knowledge to create and use more sustainable materials, so why not use them? Of course the snowboard industry is not one of the main causes of climate change, but change comes from the people not from governments. Every step we take in the right direction can only be positive.
2. What kind of materials do you use to build splitboards in order to not damage the environment?
Of course, manufacturing splitboards will always produce some form of carbon footprint, but we use the following materials to reduce ours:
– Bamboo topsheet on the Viking Split 2017 (ultra-renewable, durable, dampens vibrations, brings pop, beautiful finish)
– Organic bio-resin (made of 50%+ recycled biomass such as sawdust)
– Wood cores made from FSC-certified plantations
– Plant-based bioplastic (50% less plastic) film on the Arcane Split
– NZero factory-waxed (100% natural ingredients, no chemicals, no fluoride)
– 100% basalt fibre and basalt stringers in the Viking Split (2017)
When our production will increase, we will have access to more materials such as recycled base material and recycled ABS sidewalls.