It’s hard to believe that November 2015 marks 20 years of Arbor. Looking back, I’m astonished that so much time has passed since we first turned a love for riding, and confidence that we could offer something fresh, into our first board. The only way I get my head around the years is knowing that we never slowed our pursuit of craftsmanship, commitment to the environment, and dedication to the good times that got us here in the first place. For us, it’s been a non-stop journey into shape, material, art, and life lived in the pursuit of skating and snowboarding. The funny thing is that I feel like we’re just getting started. So we don’t plan to stop for long and reminisce. The future looms large and this 20-year offering represents where the Arbor Collective is heading: a direction defined by a two-decade long partnership with riders, artists, distributors, dealers, reps, suppliers, media, and our larger in-house crew. Many have been part of Arbor through the years, and all have added to what we are today.
NOT JUST PLANTING TREES, REBUILDING FORESTS WITH EVERY SALE.
Since day one, The Arbor Collective has donated to groups that protect and restore forests. We call this program “Returning Roots.”
Our donations primarily go to preserving the Koa forests of Hawaii, which allows us to give back to the planet, and to the people and place that gave us surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. The native Hawaiians invented surfing as early as 1,000 years ago, on boards made from Koa wood. The sports we love today tie directly to this heritage.
The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative is our principal Returning Roots partner. This group is not just planting trees; they’re thoroughly rebuilding forests from the ground up. As of today, they’ve planted over 300,000 Koa trees, on 800 acres of former forestland, with the full range of native understory plants.
The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative is helping Arbor to do our part in the protection of forests, while we strike an important balance with our use of sustainably sourced materials.