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How WNDR Alpine Created Skis From Algae 703 268 checkerspot

How WNDR Alpine Created Skis From Algae

This Innovation by Design honoree is engineering new high-performance materials that could help wean a variety of industries off petroleum-based compounds.

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The Most Innovative Sports and Recreation Projects of 2020 703 268 checkerspot

The Most Innovative Sports and Recreation Projects of 2020

A ski made of an algae-based composite that dramatically reduces the amount of petrochemicals used to manufacture it.

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Style & Design 2020: The Most Lust-Worthy New Cars, Gadgets, and Gear 1000 333 checkerspot

Style & Design 2020: The Most Lust-Worthy New Cars, Gadgets, and Gear

WNDR Alpine breaks the mold, recasting two totally new (and renewable) core and side- wall materials that are intentionally designed for backcountry skiing rigors first, down to the chemical level.

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Checkerspot Closes $36 Million Series B Round 814 391 checkerspot

Checkerspot Closes $36 Million Series B Round

Expanding its Innovation Platform to Create Performance Biomaterials Across Industries.

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Checkerspot unveils skis made from new algae-based bioplastics 1125 336 checkerspot

Checkerspot unveils skis made from new algae-based bioplastics

US materials innovation company Checkerspot has launched skis called Vital 100, which are made from its newest material – Algal Cast. The company unveiled its algae-based bioplastic product via its outdoor consumer brand WNDR Alpine.

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GM of Wintersports Matt Sterbenz sees the brand as a vehicle for an innovative, algae-based materials play in the outdoor space. 800 135 checkerspot

GM of Wintersports Matt Sterbenz sees the brand as a vehicle for an innovative, algae-based materials play in the outdoor space.

Sterbenz helped launch WNDR Alpine after nearly 20 years running 4FRNT Skis, a first mover in the independent ski movement. He founded 4FRNT in the Lake Tahoe area in 2002 and later moved the company to Utah.

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WNDR Plant-Based Skis Are Eliminating Waste From Production 816 206 checkerspot

WNDR Plant-Based Skis Are Eliminating Waste From Production

Pep Fujas, pro skier and vice president of marketing and product development for WNDR Alpine held a yellow disc in his hand as he sat in their Salt Lake City offices. “The skis are great, but this is the kind of stuff that gets me really excited,” he said.

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WNDR Alpine launches the Vital 100 backcountry ski 2000 1213 checkerspot

WNDR Alpine launches the Vital 100 backcountry ski

Introducing Algal Cast, Checkerspot’s next biomanufactured
performance material.

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Some Wonderful Outdoor Products Have a Weird Ingredient 800 166 checkerspot

Some Wonderful Outdoor Products Have a Weird Ingredient

“Performance needs to come before impact,” says Matthias Foessel, CEO of Beyond Surface Technologies. “A lot of companies get this wrong. If our fabrics don’t perform we won’t stay alive as a business, let alone succeed in reducing the industry’s carbon footprint. It’s the only business model that works.”

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DIC Uses Corporate Venture Capital to Leverage Biotech Startup Checkerspot Inc.’s Sustainable Microalgae Materials Innovation Platform 444 156 checkerspot

DIC Uses Corporate Venture Capital to Leverage Biotech Startup Checkerspot Inc.’s Sustainable Microalgae Materials Innovation Platform

The DIC-Checkerspot partnership is focused on commercializing new and improved products and relevant manufacturing processes areas, including adhesives, coatings, printing inks, and lubricants.

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