“… Recycle, Reduce and Reuse!“- This is a phrase each and every one of us are familiar with and it now applies to our old snow sports gear thanks to the Snow Sports Recycling Program.
It is often difficult to put our old gear out to pasture; a great pair of boots, skis and snowboards carry with them an abundance of memories that leave us frothing at the mouth like rabid dogs for which the only cure is a fine snow pack and first-chair turns. So… every couple of years we must lay our gear to rest and replenish it with fresh products that renew comfort and performance in the field. It’s a viscous cycle that all snow sport enthusiasts are willing to endure. With that said, if we were to hold on to each and every piece of snowsports equipment that we have ever owned we would all be featured on the reality show “Hoarders.” Nobody needs that.
Of course, donating gear to the Goodwill, Salvation Army and after-school programs are all great options to explore, especially if the gear is still serviceable, but sometimes skis and snowboards de-laminate and/or their pristine bases get mangled, boots blow out and fall apart and so on. The fallout of these sad scenarios will most likely cast your gear to the landfill. Or will it? Take a peek at the video below…
The Snow Sports Recycling Program, based in Colorado, now provides us with a progressive, earth friendly disposal option that processes, breaks down and separates essential materials that can be reincarnated into NEW GEAR! Kind-of-sort-of like Buddhism for our old gear. This is pretty exciting. Many companies have begun implementing products made from recycled materials but now we can take it one step further and actually recycle, reduce, reuse and (drum roll please)… CLOSE THE LOOP! This will drastically reduce the carbon footprint that is produced by our beloved winter pastime. We are responsible for our waste and with each passing day we are growing closer to the next winter season which means most of us will have to make a decision about what to do with old gear. Please learn more at the Snow Sports Recycling Program. You will quickly discover that their efforts can produce materials that stretch beyond the snow sports realm… Sounds melodramatic, and it is not my intention to sound “preachy” but when we are presented with an outlet that creates resources from our old skis, snowboards, boots, helmets etc., we should jump on it! Cheers.
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