Published on November 10th, 2011 | by Ari2
The truth about Bamboo Boards!
In recent years there has been a growing trend for board companies to come out with “green boards”; while I fully support longboarding going green I feel as though most companies are using this as a marketing tactic and not to really better this earth. I say this because to make bamboo boards the bamboo distributor must boil the bamboo, dry it, boil it again, and then pressure laminate it using toxic ingredients such as urea-formaldehyde. Also most bamboo is imported which means it causes more use of gas and oil. Now I do not know most board manufacturers sources and bamboo that avoid formaldehyde use is available however I doubt most longboard manufactures note of this. Bamboo is more of a renewable source than wood but it is by no means “green” Am I saying do not buy bamboo boards? Absolutely not, if its a good deck and you enjoy riding it… go for it! However buyers should know that it most likely isn’t anymore green than your standard maple deck.
What do you guys think should this type of marketing be shunned? Any knowledge of where longboard suppliers get there bamboo from?