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Old 03-31-2010, 02:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone...my name is Chris and I am a snowboarder and a student at Mary Washington College. I am studying Sociology and I am currently in a class where we are required to do a research project. I have decided to do mine on how snowboarders feelabout the environment and I need your help...Please!!! I am asking people to fill out these questions and either repost your answers or send them to my email (cjacobs2@mail.umw.edu) Also if you want to respond to other peoples posts then thats cool...I am really just trying to get an idea of how you all feel about snowboardings effects on the environment. Thanks!

-How old are you? What sex are you?

-When did you start skiing or snowboarding?

-How many times a year would you say you ski or snowboard on average?

-Is there anything that worries you about the effect of skiing and snowboarding has on the environment?

-Is there anything you feel we should do to minimize the effects on the environment?

-Do you worry about climate change (global warming)?

-How often do you buy new gear? Do you buy it because it is worn out or because of new technology?

-If money wasn’t an issue would you buy new products more often?

-What do you feel the responsibility should be of the ski resorts when it comes to protecting the environment?

-How about the responsibility of those companies who make the products we use?

-What is important to you when purchasing a product?

-Are you more inclined to buy something if it is environmentally friendly?

-What companies stuff do you currently use (board, skis, gloves, coat, bindings, ect.)

-Do you do anything in your everyday life that helps the environment or is environmentally friendly?

-What value do you see in the environment?

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Old 03-31-2010, 02:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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-How old are you? What sex are you?

-When did you start skiing or snowboarding?

-How many times a year would you say you ski or snowboard on average?

-How often do you buy new gear?

-If money wasn’t an issue would you buy new products more often?

-What is important to you when purchasing a product?

-Are you more inclined to buy something if it is environmentally friendly?

-What companies stuff do you currently use (board, skis, gloves, coat, bindings, ect.)
When I strip away the environmental questions, this starts to dangerously resemble a consumer survey that is used for marketing purposes. Just saying
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Good point but it really is not the case. Those questions are meant to give me an idea of what type of people are responding and to see if there is any corralation between types of groups and how much they care about the environment. (for example maybe the more a person snowboards the more they may be inclined to care about the environment)So if anyone has the time I would really appreciate it.

And if you do not want to answer all the questions and just want to start a discussion about snowboardings effect (ie travel, energy used by ski resorts, use of "resources" to make the products we use, displacement of wildlife, or even some of the possible benefits or things you or companies are doing to fight this problem) on the environment. Filling out the questions would be awsome but really any sort of discussion would be great!

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Old 03-31-2010, 02:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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But what does which brands we favor have to do anything with it? I understand why you might be searching for we look for in a product, but not brands as there really aren't any "Green" snowboarding brands.
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Old 03-31-2010, 03:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well there are many snowboard companies out there that claim to have green products and in my opinion some of these companies are making a real effort while others are just throwing around environmentally friendly in order to sell more stuff. Some examples of "green" snowboarding equipment are: Lib tech's boards which use beans to make their top sheets and they also have an all basalt board (Banana Magic), Arbor uses bamboo in their boards, One Ball Jay has an eco-friendly wax, Roxy makes a 100% recycled polyester jacket, and Capita offers snowboards with a Re-Forestation Certified Sustainable Core – a specially selected wood core which was harvested in a way that promotes nature and habitat sustainability. So there are options out there and I am trying to get an idea if people buy these products and if so is it because they are "green" and if do not buy then why not.

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I see. Alright, I'll fill your little survey out when I get a chance. Give me a day or two.
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Thanks!!! Really appreciate the help!
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Give me some time and I'll fill it out and send it to you.
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How old are you? What sex are you? 26 / Male

-When did you start skiing or snowboarding? Age 12

-How many times a year would you say you ski or snowboard on average? 30+ days

-Is there anything that worries you about the effect of skiing and snowboarding has on the environment? No

-Is there anything you feel we should do to minimize the effects on the environment? No

-Do you worry about climate change (global warming)? Yes, I would no longer buy a house on the water.

-How often do you buy new gear? Do you buy it because it is worn out or because of new technology? I buy new gear if I see a good deal online, impulsively, when there is new tech to try out, and when gear needs to be replaced.

-If money wasn’t an issue would you buy new products more often? Probably

-What do you feel the responsibility should be of the ski resorts when it comes to protecting the environment? Keep the moose away from the trails so that I don't accidentally run into them.

-How about the responsibility of those companies who make the products we use? Not so much.

-What is important to you when purchasing a product? Value/Tech/Style

-Are you more inclined to buy something if it is environmentally friendly? No

-What companies stuff do you currently use (board, skis, gloves, coat, bindings, ect.) GNU (Mervin) board, REVEL8 skiboards, Spyder gloves, Bonfire (Salomon) coat/pants, Ride bindings, Salomon Boots. Out of all these things, my GNU Rider's Choice is the only "eco friendly" thing that I have.

-Do you do anything in your everyday life that helps the environment or is environmentally friendly? No. I drive a car that gets 11mpg.

-What value do you see in the environment? It's all ending in 2012 anyway, so who cares? =)
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