A Better Tomorrow Starts Today!

We all know that snowboarding, like many things, is not sustainable. Regardless, along with many others in the snowboard community, we are continuing to make the right steps to make an actual change and not just a “green marketing claim.” Creating change in all aspects of our business from the People, Work Where You Live strategy, Our Factories, Materials we use, Production Processes, to Shipping strategies. Every little thing makes a difference, a marketing message is excellent and inspiring, but the most important thing is action.

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

WATER BASED INKS
 
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.

TOPSHEET FINISHES
 

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. Our board edges are made of 50% recycled steel.

100% SOLAR POWERED
 
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.

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.


Bindings

Minimal Waste

We use 20% recycled material in our plastic parts.
All plastic parts are injection molded, a zero-waste process.
We banned any plastic packaging and use only recycled cardboard to protect our products. ink to print our binding boxes has been reduced by 95% compared to past years.

Boots

Minor Phthalate

Our boots are mostly made of PVC free materials and the glue is benzene free.


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 – NEUTRAL BUSINESS FLIGHTS

Myclimate is a partner for effective climate protection, globally and locally. Together with industry partners and private individuals, myclimate wants to shape the future of the world through advisory services and educational programs, as well as its projects. It does so in a market-oriented and customer-focused way as a non-profit organization.
 
Our de-centralized company structure doesn't force our employees to make long (car) commutes. Many colleagues walk to the office, take the bike, or work from home. Nitro has been cultivating this approach for over 30 years now.