Inderscience Publishers

An eco-efficiency analysis of the snowboard manufacturing industry


This paper examines the eco-efficiency of the snowboard manufacturing industry and how it relates to global warming, increasing climactic volatility and reductions in snowfall worldwide. Our data, and subsequent analysis, illustrate the current eco-efficiency activity within a sample group of snowboard brands headquartered throughout North America and Europe. Though the sample group exhibited an overall eco-efficiency activity level of 'informed', the primary data show an industry wide need for standardisation and implementation of comprehensive environmental management systems and all-encompassing life-cycle assessments. With the ultimate goal of industry wide sustainable development and cradle-to-cradle design, we conclude with a list of current and prospective best practices throughout the global snow sports industry.

Keywords: eco-efficiency, snowboard manufacture, sustainable development, snow sports, climate change, snowboarding, sustainability, global warming, environmental management systems, EMS, life cycle assessment, LCA

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