Arbor started in 1995 convinced that there was a need for brands willing to take responsibility for the impact their products have on the environment. . We all need clean air to skate, clean water to surf, and snow to ride. Time spent riding had always provided a direct understanding of what’s at stake environmentally. For those of us who pursue boardsports, protecting the planet is about the environments we use everyday. It was becoming obvious that the boardsports industry, which relies on a healthy environment to succeed, needed to get more involved with protecting the planet.
Arbor selects only those eco-materials that allow them to deliver better looking, higher performing, more durable products. Form still follows function, and this balance must be achieved if alternative products are to succeed in today’s fickle marketplace.
Arbor has evolved through the years into a growing collective of artists, designers, and friends that snowboard, skateboard, and surf. Remaining focused on finding solutions for a more sustainable future through a blend of art, technology, and eco-materials.
It is important to note that Arbor is committed to supporting groups that work to protect and restore the planet. We annually donate at least 5% of our profits to these organizations. In the past we have supported The Nature Conservancy, The Surfrider Foundation, The Rainforest Action Network, and American Forests. Currently we are working with True Offsets, www.trueoffsets.com. True Offsets allows Arbor to help restore forestlands in the Hawaiian Islands and offset more carbon emissions than our operation is responsible for. That’s right, we are a less-than-zero carbon emitter!
Even the basics are incredibly important to Arbor. Thehy print on recycled paper only, use soy-based inks; recycle all office waste; and build out retail/office space and point of purchase displays with recycled and/or sustainable materials.