I have heard way, way too many things about how totally detrimental to the environment our popular run-of-the-mill board wax is. It keeps me awake at night to think about the poisons board waxes leave behind that "will remain toxic for many thousands of years" especially as board sports increase in popularity.
Last season I tried to get the scoop from a buddy who worked at a board shop to find out what eco-friendly alternatives there are. He was able to name a couple, but warned me that they weren't nearly as effective as the regular waxes, and tend to be a lot more expensive.
Has anybody got a good eco-friendly wax they can recommend that won't break the bank?
Purl wax is all I use now. This is after 11 years in a shop using everything from 100 dollar swix wax to 3 dollar cheapy. It lasts longer, its safer to breath when waxing, it doesn't harm the environment, and purl is such a sick ass company. The only thing to remember with their all natural line is to scrape it while slightly warm.
Purl isnt soy based its silicone based, since silicone is also hydrophobic it is ideal for waxes. I use Purl, I love it, I wax it my "crayoning" on two layers of wax. harder wax for cold temps on bottom, and softer wax on top. it helps provide protection when you hit branches and stuff in snow so its less likely youll take core shots.
I LOVE PURL, blue bird is a close second. you can also substitute the softer wax for graphite wax. When its drier out your board will create static electricity with the snow because of waters polarity this creates drag. I dont know the mechanics of it but graphite wax is relatively cheap and eliminates static cling with the snow.