We create bespoke materials that are fine tuned for specific end use applications and performance. We bring these materials to life in real world products to show that performance versus sustainability is a false choice.
Ski sidewall made with AlgalCast has 15% greater flexural strength than traditional petroleum-based ABS sidewalls at room temperature, and 60% greater flexural strength at low temperatures*
138% better damping than a traditional petroleum-based ABS sidewall
Manufacturing AlgalCast can reduce plastic waste compared to use of extruded plastic sidewalls
Sidewall cast, unlike extruded plastic, forms an intimate bond to wood core eliminating the need for glue/resin
Utilizing the cast urethane can reduce raw material input because
AlgalCast can be dispensed to desired thickness and depth depending on end-use application
* Example of one formulation used in
prior year ski models
Rigid Polyurethane Foams
Checkerspot® Rigid PU Foam
Rigid, high-density algae-based polyurethane foam with a closed cell structure
Utilizes water as a blowing agent (no cyclopentane, n-pentane, methyl formate or hydrofluorocarbons)
No added mercury, tin, MOCA, or TDI
Can enable the manufacture of products containing USDA Certified Biobased content up to 41% (ASTM D6866)
WNDR® Alpine Algal Core
Lightweight composite made from Checkerspot® AlgalFoam and wood (e.g., aspen), utilized in ski and snowboard cores
Can be manufactured with a variety of wood species
Can be fine-tuned for lightweighting and damping
Enhanced compressive strength to withstand common layup techniques
Commercialized by Beyond Surface Technologies
100% biocarbon content
Improves wicking and moisture management
Reduces drying time - fast dry
Up to 80% lower carbon footprint vs. petroleum-based wicking finishes
*Data provided by Beyond Surface Technology, our partner and the makers of miDori® bioWick
Use Case: PANGAIA® Activewear
PANGAIA's Activewear line pulls moisture away from the skin and towards the surface of the fabric for evaporation
Helps to keep the body cool and dry when working out
*Data provided by PANGAIA
Recycled composite of fiberglass, wood, AlgalCast, and biobased resin derived from reclaimed production waste
Can be molded or routed into a variety of shapes for a diverse range of applications
Provides an opportunity to integrate recycled content into product construction, diverting waste from landfill
WNDR® Alpine Spiral Plate
For skis, provides ~35% better binding screw retention strength than the previously used maple inserts
For snowboards, 5mm Spiral Plate insert packs enable ~5% better binding retention strength than inserts surrounded by traditional aspen wood.
Spiral Plate insert packs for snowboards provide a wider platform for power transfer, resulting in better energy transmission to the snowboard’s core
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It takes a community united behind a shared vision to create long-lasting, sustainable change. Are you interested in partnering with us or curious about our materials?
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