Mike Olsen created Gnu snowboards in the early 80’s after starting to build snowboards in 1977. Pioneer of the deep sidecut, Mike Olsen poured a lot of love into Gnu snowboards to get the brand to where it is today. Gnu falls in the Mervin Manufacturing umbrella which also consists of Lib Technologies, Bent Metal and Roxy so you can tell they keep good company.
Gnu snowboards are also very environmentally friendly from the materials they are made out of to the factory that they are made in. As a company Mervin manufacturing has always done all they can to be environmentally conscious from materials, work environment and the processes used to make their products.
One of many steps Gnu snowboards are involved in for the better of the environment is their eco-sub printing of their board graphics. Printing the graphics for Gnu boards with water-based-ink sublimation as opposed to toxic solvent-based silkscreen inks with thick solvent-based gloss curtain coats on top. The process Gnu boards are made with offer a safer environment for actually making the snowboards as well as making their scrap materials recyclable where the toxic solvent-based scraps are not.
A lot of thought goes into Gnu snowboards wood cores as well to make them as eco friendly and sustainable as possible. Gnu boards offer full wood cores using only fast growing trees which is not only eco friendly but also offers great natural pop due to the long fibers in the wood. Gnu snowboards also utilize finger joining in their wood cores meaning they can attach scrap pieces of wood meaning they can use nearly all the wood they have and recycle or donate the leftovers. Finger joining the wood has proven to be stronger at the joint than regular wood giving you a solid feel underfoot.
As you can tell Gnu snowboards are absolutely as environmentally friendly as you are going to get. Not only do they recycle and donate any extra materials but the actual factory Gnu boards are built runs on renewable based biodiesel and they use a water-cleansed grinding system minimizing airborne particulate levels.