Reducing impacts and finding solutions: Our environmentally responsible efforts on board manufacturing and shipping
All of us here at Slingshot Sports live our lives on the water—from wake to kite to surf, our personal passion and feverish commitment has established Slingshot as an industry-leader in innovation, performance and quality. And that industry leadership includes reducing the impact, whenever possible, that our products and manufacturing have on the environment.
Are we perfect? No. There is an environmental impact any time something is manufactured. Chemicals, materials, and energy are used—none of which happens without registering an environmental impact. However, we unrelentingly strive to reduce that impact and have taken steps over the years to innovate and create environmentally responsible manufacturing and packaging solutions.
For 2020, our twin tip and wakeboard factory has now become 100% solar powered, which significantly reduces the carbon footprint of our board manufacturing. By switching to 100% solar power, our factory saves 805,000-kilowatt hours of energy consumption a year, which eliminates an incredible 596 tons of annual CO2 emissions.
All of our twin tips and wakeboards are made with 100% FSC-certified wood. The FSC certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. FSC’s forest management standards expand protection of water quality, prohibit harvest of rare old-growth forest, prevent loss of natural forest cover and prohibit highly hazardous chemicals such as certain sprayed pesticides. FSC requires forest managers—on both public and private lands—to engage local community members and to protect the customary rights of indigenous people, ensuring their voices are part of the certification process and impacts of forest operations are addressed.