We can’t skate if there’s no Earth left to skate on. This is why, here at Foster Skateboards, we make sure we are doing everything we can to have as little impact on the environment as possible. We have vetted all of the materials we put into our boards to make sure they are the most eco-friendly options while still producing a strong and quality skateboard.
The wood we use is sourced from a sustainable mill in the US that partners with different organizations to replant trees used for veneers. The glue we use is a water-based PVA glue which is also manufactured in the USA. Water-based glues are far less toxic than the solvent based glues that are often used for skateboards. Our graphics are printed with water-based non toxic acrylic inks, a far more eco-friendly choice from the oil based and solvent based inks used in the industry. Because we screen print our graphics, we also do not have the plastic waste that is created by using heat transfers which unfortunately is industry standard in skateboarding. Lastly, we use a water-based topcoat to seal our boards that has low VOC levels.
Durability is also a factor when speaking about sustainability. The more durable the board, the longer it will last, thus less waste headed to the landfill. In an effort to create the most durable boards we can, we use a variety of reinforcement fabrics to strengthen each board and increase their longevity. When laying up these fabrics we use a bio based epoxy resin to decrease our impact on the environment.
We have also partnered with One Tree Planted to help us contribute to a better future. For every order we receive, we will plant one tree. We believe that by doing this and all of the things listed above, we are making the best effort we can to make sure we have a better future for skateboarding and the planet.