First we have to face the truth

Snowboarding is not sustainable

Sustainability is defined as the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.

We at Nitro care about the environmental impact and social responsibility of our business and our passion for snowboarding. We focus on quality to extend a product's lifespan, we do not excessively overproduce only what is on-demand, we consider energy consumption and carbon emission when shipping product around the globe. We source alternative and sustainable materials to substitute those based on fossil fuels and higher carbon emissions.
 
People are what make Nitro and we believe that every person in the company, its supply chain, and distribution should be respected and treated fairly. Together with all of our partners we bring our core values to the table first and work with factories on equal rights, fair pay, and opportunities for everyone participating in the process of supplying you a valuable product.
 
Sustainability doesn’t stop at the product level we believe it encompasses everything and for us, social responsibility is not just a point on the corporate checklist. Nitro has been sustainable for over 30 years and we will keep pushing to be a reliable partner, from supplier, employee to customer. Expect great things from us with an even greater focus on keeping the community alive.

Nitro´s Goal To Continue to Be and Do Better

So the question is, do you offer “sustainable” products?

Yes, we do. Our main focus is not only on a single product for marketing purposes rather on
the whole supply chain and every area involved.

An overview of what we currently do for each product group:

Snowboards

100% Climate Neutral Snowboards

Together with ClimatePartner, we have been able to investigate the emissions created from our snowboard's full lifecycle. Now we are equipped to work towards reducing our products carbon emission and invest into impactful carbon offset projectsoffsetting 100% of our snowboards emissions - making the 2021 Nitro Snowboards officially Carbon Neutral.

CARBON EMISSIONS GENERATED

For the calculation, the “cradle-to-customer plus waste” approach was used, meaning that the life cycle phases included are the extraction of raw materials and packaging, relevant logistics, manufacturing, delivery to the customer, and the disposal of the product and its packaging.

CARBON FOOTPRINT EQUIVALENTS

Carbon emissions per product unit compared to everyday activities.

CLIMATE NEUTRALITY THROUGH CARBON OFFSET PROJECTS

By supporting internationally recognized carbon offset projects, the generated emissions can be offset and the product can be graded as climate neutral.

Certified Efforts

100% CARBON NEUTRAL

Together with ClimatePartner we are able to use specific and accurate tools and information to measure our carbon footprint in life cycle from production to end life of our snowboards. Our partnership with ClimatePartner allows us to strive to find more effecient ways to improve and reduce our carbon footprint every step of our products lifecycle, and also allows us to offset our current carbon footprint to make our snowboards 100% Carbon Neutral by investing into climate change projects and solutions. Reducing, rethinking, and compensating for CO2 emissions is just the start.

100% FSC™ CERTIFIED

The wood used in every snowboard is what makes a snowboard a snowboard, the organic flex is something unique and special. We feel it is important that we and everyone else respects the forests and the wood that is being used for the future of snowboard development, but more importantly the future of the planet and our Forests. We are proud to officially announce that all of our boards are made with wood cores harvested 100% from well-managed forests and we are therefor entitled to use the official FSC™ label on all of our snowboards.

Ressource Saving Materials and Production

TOPSHEET FINISHES

We are using water-based inks for over 70% of our board top-sheets and over 30% of our bases. 15% of our bases use no ink.

70% of our boards have topsheets that are either uncoated or finished using a solvent-free lacquer with a Volatile Organic Compound rating of VOC:0.

RECYCLED MATERIALS

Over 85% of our running bases are made using recycled raw material.

WOOD CORES
 
FSC Certification: We are using FSC certified woods already in production. All of our wood cores are FSC certified, which was a sustainability goal we reached last season.

RESOURCES

We are heating our presses with water, not with oil or electricity. Our grinding system uses a closed water circuit with integrated filtering systems. This saves energy and resources.

We have started using thinner topsheets than most other Brands, saving raw materials and weight.

We have installed a 700 KW solar power station on our board factory's roof, enough energy to power the factory, offices, and apartments of our factory staff. This solar power project was a goal we set 2 years ago and we are proud to say we have now reached it.


Bindings

Minimaler Abfall

Wir verwenden 20% Recyclingmaterial bei unseren Kunststoffteilen. All diese Teile werden injektionsgeformt, wodurch kein Überschuss entsteht.
Wir haben jegliche Plastikverpackung komplett verbannt und nutzen nur Recyclekartons für die Verpackung der Produkte. Außerdem werden die Boxen um 95% weniger bedruckt.

Boots

Minimale Phthalate

Unsere Boots sind überwiegend aus PVC freiem Material gefertigt und der Kleber ist benzolfrei.


Social Engagement

We believe that one of the core reasons Nitro has been around for 30 years is that we treat everyone in the supply chain with the respect and by bringing our core values to all of our business partners. We make sure all of our production partners are aware of our core values, which means it is important to us that our factory workers work in a safe and healthy work environment, receive fair labor compensation, and be treated with respect. It is important to us that every single person involved in producing our finished products work in a safe and fair labor environment.


Engage – Reduce our impact on climate change

Organizations We Support:

MYCLIMATE – Neutralisierung von Business-Flügen

Myclimate ist ein Partner für effektiven Klimaschutz, sowohl global als auch lokal. Gemeinsam mit Industriepartnern und Privatleuten will Myclimate die Zukunft des Planeten durch eigene Projekte, Aufklärung und Schulungsprogrammen gestalten. Das alles in einer marktorientierten, verbraucherfokussierten Art und Weise als Non-Profit Organisation.

Unsere dezentralisierte Unternehmensstruktur zwingt unsere Angestellten nicht zu langen (Auto)-Arbeitswegen. Viele Kollegen laufen ins Büro, nehmen das Rad oder arbeiten von zu Hause. Nitro verfolgt diesen Ansatz jetzt schon seit über 30 Jahren.