One ski brand that pioneered a new sustainable material for ski equipment is now sharing its technology with other ski makers.
WNDR Alpine sleds are one of a kind. And while many skateboard brands are unique in their own way, WNDRs are made from Biotechnology created from algae.
Here it works: Checkerspot, parent company of WNDR Alpine, has figured out how to reduce waste and increase bio-content in skis by cultivating microalgae to produce renewable, bio-based oils. This created new algae material, and WNDR put that into their ski build.
Algae can be found in both the sled core and the side walls.
Results? A more sustainable, petroleum-free skate made in part from a renewable resource. Now, WNDR is going to take all those great, sustainable, proprietary technologies and share them with other brands.
First Collaboration: Checkerspot Algal Tech at DPS Pagoda Skis
Over the course of a year, Checkerspot and DPS experimented with different formulations in their labs, and On the snow in Utah and New Zealand. Brands settled algae oil-derived sidewall 62% bio-content of Skis DPS’s Pagoda.
“By working with our partners at Checkerspot, DPS has been reached [Checkerspot’s] The WING platform to co-develop sidewalls around specific performance requirements for DPS. “This has allowed us to produce more sustainable products and improve the performance of Pagoda and Pagoda rides,” said Thomas Laxo, Vice President of Product at DPS.
But this project is bigger than DPS. We hope this work will inspire and guide other manufacturers on what is possible when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.”
DPS will begin using the moss-based sidewalls of the Checkerspot on all Pagoda and Pagoda Tour skis, starting this season. (skates Available now from DPS Skis.)
WNDR Alpine skates: the first skate maker from B-Corp
While a large number of third-party brands are B-corp certified, WNDR Alpine It is the first ski manufacturer to receive this certification. (Burton Snowboards was the first snowboard brand to receive B-corp certification back in 2019).
“The reason for this is that solids manufacturing is in essence a wasteful, cumbersome and oil-intensive process,” WNDR explained. “By mass, a traditional ski building involves almost as much landfill waste as the final ski. Many manufacturers have very little visibility into their supply chains. As we discovered on our own journey, the best way to improve your supply chain is to create your own.” ”
What exactly is a B-corp? B-corps are companies that meet stringent standards of social and environmental responsibility and transparency. In order to obtain certification, a third party audits and verifies every element of a company’s operations, from its supply chain to its engagement with its employees and community. Check out the full list of B-corp brands.