THE ARBOR COLLECTIVE
Insights and Highlights 25
This November, Arbor will be crossing the 25-year mark. Over the next 12 months, we will celebrate this milestone with the release of limited-edition products and special content highlighting Arbor’s unique history. The centerpiece will be a new documentary film, Crossing the Grain, detailing the very different journey Arbor took through snowboarding and skateboarding.
To kick things off, here is the latest version of our Insights and Highlights reel, a fast- paced look at our ongoing commitment to sustainability and craftsmanship, and never- ending pursuit of snowboarding, skateboarding, and the good times that happen along our way.
We take great pride in highlighting athletes and artists who support this approach, and contribute so significantly to our efforts. This mindful, more collective style ensures the planet is always considered as we develop unique products for chasing life’s great lines.
Arbor Snowboards Pro Team Rider: Bryan Iguchi
Arbor Collective Artist: Aaron Drapplin of Draplin Design Company (DDC)
We’re proud to have been the first action sports brand specifically established to consider the environment across everything we do. We thought it was funny in the 90s when people would refer to Arbor as that hippy brand. Back then, this was not a compliment. Those days are over thanks to our customers, who understood that protecting the planet is about looking after our shared playground.
We continue to be motivated by your support
We launched Arbor in 1995 with our snowboard line, and a dialog about our focus on sustainability, and its importance to snowboarding. We were the first to replace the standard plastic top, with responsibly sourced wood veneer, significantly improving performance. We pioneered the use of bamboo, bio-plastic, and other recycled, reclaimed, and renewable alternatives. For over two decades we’ve turned rider-oriented design into the highest quality, hand-crafted snowboarding products possible, while drastically minimizing our impact on the planet.
Shortly after launching Arbor, we started repurposing old snowboards into big wheelbase skates that were ideal for bombing hills when there was no snow. This led to the introduction of our skateboard line, and an extension of our sustainability efforts and discussion about its importance to action sports. With the skate line, we pioneered bio-urethane and expanded our use of recycled materials and responsibly sourced wood and bamboo. Our mission is to build premium lifestyle skateboards, with the smallest possible environmental footprint.
We expanded into softgoods because much of life happens between where we live and the places we go to ride. We knew our efforts around sustainability would be welcomed in a line of products made for getting there, enjoying the great outdoors, and going for it with friends. We focus on timeless, utilitarian design, and a built-to-last approach. We utilize a range of sustainable fabrics and processes. As with all Arbor products, a portion of sales goes to our Returning Roots program.
From the Forest
Using sustainably sourced wood and bamboo from well-managed forests.
Not Just Planting Trees, Rebuilding Forests. 500,000 Trees & Counting.
Maximize to Minimize
Processing methods that stretch resources and minimize our impact on the planet.
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