#BackToSports with Comet Skateboards

mainimage_square

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 11.08.35 AM  

Skateboarding is a state of mind that has a lot to do with challenging the limits of what’s possible. Yerdling is a state of mind that’s all about generosity and the belief that we can all meet our need for goods by sharing more rather than only buying new. Maybe that’s why we like Jason Salfi so much and respect his company, Comet Skateboards for being such incredible innovators. Audacious, open, and authentic, Comet Skateboards is a B Corp made up of skateboarders, artists, designers, engineers, and movement builders leading their industry toward ecologically smart practices.

This week on yerdle you can win a bunch of Comet skateboard decks that they shared with us as part of Back to Sharing Month. They’ll be tagged #Comet and #backtosports. Share your sports gear this week, tag #backtosports, and earn up to 300 bonus credits.

Over the last 15 years Comet has invented entirely new and healthy ways to manufacture and add art to high performance skateboards, proving that boards don’t have to be toxic for the environment, or unhealthy for the people who make them. They won’t smell like patchouli, they won’t be more expensive, and they’re actually stronger than regular ones, which means as much “pop and stiffness” as any skater could want. Jason doesn’t even stop with awesome boards, he says:

“Being a skateboarder inspires me to push boundaries, question everything, challenge, and sometimes obliterate old & tired paradigms...What if companies, in the course of doing business, cleaned water, grew forests stronger, did not pollute the air, accumulated no waste, and enriched communities? First, you must have that intention.”

This intention has led Comet to literally move their factory closer to the forest from which they get their wood. This reduces the carbon footprint of shipping their supplies and helps them collaborate with the foresters in sustainable yield forest management. When people make quality things that last and put healthy business practices first, it preserves plenty of good wood for the future.

Even more impressive though, Jason and his team have experimented over the years, working with glue suppliers, engineers, and mechanics to come up with a way to replace some super-toxic methods of production that are the current standards.  Most board-makers use formaldehyde glue to make boards and heat-pressing plastic transfers to adhere the art onto them.

  • Formaldehyde is a chemical that’s “red listed” by the government and the Cradle to Cradle Products institute. The EPA warns that it “causes watery eyes, burning sensations, nausea, and difficulty in breathing...and it may cause cancer.” Since it’s also used in embalming processes, you can bet that once it’s introduced somewhere, it sticks around.
  • Heat transfers are the most common way to put art onto boards. It’s actually so toxic, it isn’t allowed in the United States, so most companies do the processing in China. Using inks high in PVC (with dioxin and phthalates) and strong solvents, these carcinogens are heated up to melt the plastic and transfer the art. It makes production a little easier, but for the worker, it’s like taking a new car or new plastic toy smell and heating it up to 300 F a thousand times a day.

Comet Skateboards invented a formaldehyde-free glue and a hot-pressing technique to apply the adhesive, which means “rather than skimming the surface with a macro-sized glue, our tiny particles penetrate deeper to increase the ultimate sheer strength of each bond” which makes their boards stronger. They apply their featured artists’ work through a silk screening process they’ve pioneered to be tough enough for skateboards. Their ink is water based, has zero PVC, uses no solvents, and they’ve invented a safe clear coat for it too, so they can make it all in their factory on the East Coast.

Essentially, Comet has proven high-performance skateboards don’t need to be made with toxic materials or undesirable business practices. They’re proving that things can be made better and Comet even shares their technological insights with competitors. Here at yerdle, we’re helping pay all that goodness forward to inspire you with a reminder that wild dreams are the best ones.

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 9.15.15 AM

Props to you, Jason Salfi and Comet Skateboards! We are so proud to be partnering with you for our third week of Back To Sharing month.

And, to get in on the action, post your sports gear for a chance to earn up to 300 extra credits.

  1. Starting today 8/18 through Sunday 8/24 at 11:59PM PDT post sports gear.
  2. Include #backtosports in your item description – we’ll use this hashtag to send your bonus credits* (up to 300 credits, 3 – item limit).

*Please allow 5 business days after the end of each weekly promotion for credits to be delivered. You will receive a confirmation email once they’ve been added to your bank.

Start collecting your gadgets now to earn 300 credits in the last week in August too:

August 25 – 31: #backtogadgets, featuring Native Union

Also, Jason said in an interview that the gnarliest thing he’s ever done is “frontside grind over a death box and break 50mph for the first time” and while we don’t really know what that means, if we win a skateboard this week we’re going to try to find out!