We should all be aware by now that the impact humans have had on our planet and environment has been hugely detrimental and destructive. Through deforestation, industrialisation, consumerism and a constant drive to progress our technologies, we have disregarded the safety of ourselves, as well as the animals and plants that we have continuously pushed out of a legitimate co-existence. We have been able to see the side effects of this mind-set and its actuation through carbon emissions, the ice caps melting, rising sea levels and a plethora of other calamitous affectations of our modern world. As skateboarders, the products that we use are manufactured using some unsustainable or ecologically sound materials and chemicals. There have been many companies in the past who have tried to address these issues within their output and although some of them have fallen at the wayside, a handful are still in business and keeping those ethics and values present today. Is it the consumer’s or the manufacturers responsibility to push for products that are more ecologically sound? If there were to be a growing resentment from skateboard consumers against those manufacturers for not delivering products that were less damaging to the environment, how would the companies react? Or what would happen, if producers started to make more ecologically sound products, which could raise the price for the consumer? The ethics behind making good quality, sustainably sourced and manufactured goods are quite complex, below is an attempt to address what our consumables are made from and how damaging they are. It’s not all doom and gloom, as you’ll see there are some people out there who’re trying to do this.