Addressing the contradiction of pollution-free transport by wrapping your feet in plastic and metal, inline skate innovators at K2 skates have recently added another industry first to the company’s catalogue of cutting edge developments. Not only are the boots and laces made from recycled plastic bottles but the wheel frame is made from bamboo.
I’ve posted several articles about the increased use of bamboo in products. According to the Environmental Bamboo Foundation, bamboo is one of the world’s fastest growing and most sustainable plants, and it’s also relatively inexpensive. And, it’s very strong: bamboo can have a greater tensile strength than steel. Thanks to its fine fiber structure, it transfers energy as fast as an aluminum frame, is just as durable and light but also absorbs surface vibrations – making for a very smooth ride. Plus, they’re pretty bad-ass, if you ask me…
The skates also use a considerable amount of recycled polyethylene-terephthalate (PET) from soda bottles. Liners and laces are 100% PET and the mesh used in areas which need additional support is 50% PET. Other used materials are 100% PVC free. From their web site:
Here at K2, we realize that our inline skates will never be 100% sustainable, but we believe that by using high performing sustainable materials, we can make a difference and help create a cleaner planet for our children… In one year K2 has completely eliminated PVC’s from our Eco Skate Family and we will continue to research different sustainable materials that we plan to utilize across our product line to help “Save our Planet, One Skate At A Time.”