Reducing impact isn’t only about wearing a helmet and knee pads. If you want to get some great equipment for your winter sports needs, renting or buying used are good options. By doing so, you will not only save money in the long run, you also reduce the need for new resources while increasing demand for secondhand goods. Places like Play It Again Sports, Goodwill and other thrift stores have tons of used equipment. Remember to inspect items carefully.
The recycled wine rack on the right is made from recycled and reclaimed skis. Now those are some recycling skills! Not a bad way to retire some old skis. Handmade by a group of artisans in Millbury, Massachusetts, the great part about this product and other cool recycled products is that each item is unique. This item has limited availability, so if you like it, grab it!
Also handmade in Massachusetts, this piece of ski furniture can support the weight of a small Sasquatch. Constructed with recycled snow skis and dense, unfinished Canadian white cedar by artist Mike Bellino, the “Chair Man of the Boards.” Bellino lets wood undergo a natural finishing process called checking, which creates naturally-occurring cracks that do not compromise the integrity of the wood.
They craft other cool recycled ski furniture like tables, benches and ottomans too. Check out SkiChair.com, where Bellino also recycles blemished and used sports equipment such as water skis, wakeboards, snowboards, baseball bats and golf clubs. They even have an option where you can build your own chair by sending away for a kit. Their goal is to recycle a combination of 50,000 skis, boards, clubs and bats each year.
Send them any of your used sports equipment, they will make your personalized Skichair product.
The ski’s the limit when it comes to recycling!