Utah startup WNDR Alpine has replaced the petroleum-based plastics usually used in skis with algae -based bioplastics that make them "more predictable, stable and durable". While regular skis are generally made from wood clad in fibreglass and thermoplastic ABS , which is bound to the wood using resin or glue, WNDR Alpine ‘s version is reinforced and coated with algal polyurethanes. Above: The Intention 110 ski is WNDR Alpine’s first product. Top image: Pep Fujas skis for the brand "Most of the oil that humans have extracted as petroleum was once some variety of prehistoric algae, so you can think of our process as going directly back to the source," WNDR Alpine’s manager of brand development Xan Marshland told Dezeen. "We don’t have to rely on any extractive industry such as fracking or drilling or a global petroleum supply chain. And, unlike petroleum, microalgae oil is a renewable resource." "Even compared to other plant-based oils on the market such as soy, palm or corn, the water use, land use and carbon footprint of microalgae oil is significantly lower," he continued. The bioplastics were developed by WNDR Alpine’s parent company, the Berkley-based material innovation start-up Checkerspot . First, microalgae are […]

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