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Mervin has been building snowboards every day for over 25 years. From the beginning, we’ve been a very environmentally aware snowboard factory. Founders, Mike Olson and Pete Saari both spent many years hand-building snowboards themselves and wanted their shop to be as healthy and easy on them, their crew and the
environment as possible.

We currently have an environMental division headed up by Norm Nelson and Mike Olson. It’s their passion to stay on the front lines with our green efforts. We use the safest epoxy resin systems available, with minimal VOC’s. We use no solvents in the factory, but instead use citrus based cleaners… our shop does not stink! For
years , we have used fast-growing farmed wood for our wood cores.
Mike and Norm run a Lib Tech biodiesel co-op, with a filling station next to the factory. Our factory is also heated with biodiesel. All the electricity used by the factory is “green” power specially contracted from the local PUD. We recycle all the scrap manufacturing materials possible… including scrap wood, sawdust, and plastic base materials. Mervin sublimates rather than silkscreens its graphics. Our sublimation process eliminates the need for the super toxic automotive lacquer gloss coats you see on many shiny snowboard topsheets. (If the snowboard you own looks unbelievably glossy and shiny you are looking a “toxic gloss curtain coat” and you better believe it stunk and killed brain cells to make it shine). Our sublimation system also allows us to recycle excess base material (you cannot recycle scrap base material that has silkscreen inks on it).
This year Mervin introduced a new environmental plastic top material called BEANS that is stronger and lighter than conventional top materials. The oil used to make these topsheets comes from the castor bean plant. BEANS enviro-plastic bio-polymer is used on many models of the 08 Gnu and Lib Tech lines. Here at Mervin, we build our own snowboards near Canada in the USA with a snowboarder, surfer, skateboarder labor force. Our crew needs a healthy work environment to maximize their shred potential.
Core shops don’t let their kids ride toxic Chinese toys!

Categories: environMENTAL

  • Neil

    hey Mervin,
    Glad to hear you’re using safe products, I used to spray a lot of lacquer when I worked in Snohomish WA (WA rocks!) and when I saw the crystals build up on the walls of the spray room. That stuff was nasty and I can only imagine what it was doing to lung tissue, even though I wore a mask it still freaked me out.
    Anyways, its cool to know that you guys are making a product that doesn’t involve exploiting 3rd world countries for cheap and nasty products. And having the workers spending their days in un-safe factories and inhaling stuff that could be tomorrows asbestos. Also I wanted to say my brother is stoked on his skate banana that I convinced him to buy when he needed a new board and since his arrived my mates and I ordered ours and man what a sweet ride.
    And I nearly forgot to add it was cool to see Travis Rice out here in Australia for Style Wars at my local hill Falls Creek!

  • jeff buettner

    shoppping for a new board, now I know what brand to buy based on Mervins green concepts.

  • brendan donovan

    Hey I’m a current civil engineer student and have always rode lib tech. I love your boards and would like to help make them in the future. I check my email daily so if you want get back to me.

  • Dave

    Hey guys, keep up the green work, I am soon to be on my 4th libtech board, and was wondering if any of the mens freestyle models are especially green? In otherwords which is the greenest? I’m doing everything in my power to make up for a horrible, nasty, CO2 spewing flight to glorious, wonderful, powder-buried Japan. all the best

  • Ryan Adams

    Hey guys, first off I’d like to say that I first started riding LibTech three years ago and I would never go back to anything else. I picked up the TRS Banana and T Rice last year and loved both of them. I really think you guys have the best boards, as well as technology out there and I was curious if there is ever opportunities to come check out a shop or any type of job opportunities in the future. I am currently pursuing my degree in Manufacturing Engineering and it has been my dream to work in a snowboard shop since I started snowboarding 12 years ago. Anyways if there is ever any opportunities please email me sometime. Thanks and love the amazing boards!

  • matty dio

    MERVIN is Rad! Why can’t every factory do good for the environment and it’s employee’s… Is there public tours that you can take??? email me back on info, please( i live near usa in canada, city, the ‘Wack!). The wood dust wood make good bedding for barn animals… MOOOOoooooo!!!!!!! oink oink ouk ouk!!!!
    I sold my tractor to ride a banana!
    peace in the middle east!

  • tommy b

    Hey guys, long time lib rider i am happy to hear the ergonomical stance on your guys boards (also very happy on the box scratcher) it has been my dream board for awhile i am happy you guys made it. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!!!!!!

  • rob

    im so glad to here that there is a company that is actually doing something good for the enviroment. being an energy systems engineer o know how important it is to do the things you guys are doing.Its so cool that snowboard manufactures are getting on board with going green. keep it up boys.

  • Karl

    Ekofrigginglogical! Yeah! Save the planet!

  • Troy Keller

    Thanks for being so awesome, and so sustainable.

  • Nicholas Z

    Thanks guys!!! You are all awesome!!! Let’s hope the other makes start too or fail in buisness (haha)
    Marvin 4 president

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