The Uitto Biocomposite Skateboard is an ecological cruiser that is 100% recyclable, water proof and doesn't warp or delaminate.
The usage of resources was one of the main reasons why we started developing this project. We partnered with a manufacturer that uses only certified renewable energy to make our boards.
For the material we use only softwood fibers from the Nordic area where the rate of growth outweighs the rate of forestry, so that we don't contribute to deforestation.
By choosing polypropylene to be the binding matrix of the wood fibers (instead of epoxy for example) we made it possible for the boards to be recyclable (they can also be disposed by burning just as wood, but we recommend recycling them)
As for the fabrication, There is no loss of material like in the traditional way of laminating boards form wood plies and then cutting them to shape. All the excess material created in the manufacturing process can be used again as material in the process. So there is no waste of resources in the production.
We also designed our boards to last longer, they endure moisture and changes in temperature without warping or delaminating so the life cycle for the boards is increased.
Once the board reaches the end of it’s life cycle it can be recycled by grinding it back to granulates and remolding it to make new boards.
1) How did this idea originate?
I was hauling warped and delaminated skateboards to the junkyard and felt it was a petty that all that good wood was going to waste, just because it was no longer skateable. There had to be a sustainable way to make boards. The idea came on a surf trip in Portugal when talking about the waste of resources on skateboards with a friend while walking on a biocomposite boardwalk. Why had no one made boards from that stuff? After a long research we found a promising material that had the right attributes. The material was originally designed to create high end electric guitars because of it’s acoustic properties and later camping utensils for it’s resistance to harsh conditions.
2) What were the first steps you took as far as design and the prototyping?
We designed the board using 3D software to test the parameters and simultaneously built mockups the old fashioned way from wood. When we managed to get a shape that felt good and also checked out on the computer we started designing our first mold. We had to keep the costs down while prototyping so we created a rather experimental aluminium mold. The mold barely held up the first batch of prototypes and ended up exploding.
3) Can you talk about the design of the final product?
We decided early on that we would make a cruiser board. A board that was fun and versatile. Something that was easy and smooth to ride, but also stiff enough to pop the occasional trick or powerslide.
5) Why is this important within the skateboarding community?
We hope provide a more durable and ecological alternative. Our dream is to one day implement a global recycling system, so that when you get a new board you can recycle your old one. Creating a closed loop where the skateboards life cycle is from cradle to cradle.