If you’re going to spend more $ on a holiday gift, then an eco-friendly skateboard is your best bet for fun and value. It’ll cost you about $80 – $200 for a decent eco-friendly skateboard set-up, however, a good board will last you years. Everyone at my house has a skateboard and we get hours of fun out of them.
A good skateboard will get you outside and it’s great exercise AND even adults can learn to skate. If you don’t know much about boards, I suggest you visit a local skateboard shop before you buy a thing. Most of the time you’ll need to check out deck sizes in person, unless you already know the size you need. Also, you’ll need to choose wheels, bearings, tape, trucks, etc. It sounds complicated, but it’s really not if you visit a knowledgeable shop. Do NOT visit a sporting goods store – go to a dedicated skate shop! Read how to build your own pro grade board to get started. I swear, it’s worth the effort. Building your own board will be a much better deal in the long run than buying some pre-made board.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly deck or whole board set-up this season, check out the following companies. Unless otherwise noted the company sells direct:
- Bamboo Sk8
- Loaded Boards
- Arbor – find an Arbor dealer.
- Comet Skateboards
- Habitat Skateboards – Warehouse Skateboards sells Habitat boards
MORE ECO-SKATEBOARD GOODNESS:
- Recycled skateboard bracelet.
- Quite possibly the coolest round-up of recycled skateboard art ever.
- Green Banana – offers 100% recycled decks.
- Adorable bus made from a recycled skateboard
- Eco-friendly skateboard clothing for humans of all sizes at Dirtball.
- Recycled Skateboard Christmas Tree Ornament
Don’t forget to get a helmet. There aren’t any actual eco-friendly skateboard helmets that I’ve found (yet) but you still need one. Skipping out on materials here is not an option. Your head is a little more important than the environment. Score a decent helmet at: