Green Gurus: Mervin Manufacturing

The goal of making a "green" snowboard is to reduce unsustainable and environmentally harmful materials used. No one's entirely licked it yet, but Mervin Manufacturing is coming the closest. Almost all their Lib Tech and Gnu boards feature recycled bases, soy-based elastomer sidewalls, low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound, b-a-d) epoxy resins, sustainably harvested wood cores, and no toxic finishing clearcoats. Their new Banana Magic model takes it further, incorporating 100 percent Baslat fiber instead of fiberglass, and a topsheet made from castor beans.