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Surface Skis: Green Life

Photograph By Meg Haywood-Sullivan

The Green Life skis are constructed using recycled materials and a bamboo blanket around the poplar core, and each pair of comes packaged with information from the Natural Resource Defense Council. Surface is embracing intelligent design and production by sourcing "leftovers" from the manufacturing process.

Says Surface president Mike Schneider, "Often, ski companies project their sales inaccurately, leaving factories with excessive construction materials. We want to utilize those leftovers, essentially recycling their waste." [$550; surfaceskis.com]