Bay Area Allstars

Inspiring ideas from Bay Area inventors

Aug 24, 2007
Outside Magazine
Jason Salfi

Salfi at the future site of a community skate park he's helping to build in Oakland    Photo: Ture Lillegraven

Jason Salfi
A typical skateboard deck is a sandwich of unsustainability: chemical epoxies pressed between layers of overlogged maple and coated with toxic varnishes. In 1998, Salfi cofounded Comet Skateboards ( with the goal of creating a greener board. At its solar-powered San Francisco factory, the company makes decks with Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood, then builds the boards in Oakland with water-based glues and coatings. This fall, Salfi, 36, plans to launch a biodegradable board made of plant-based composite material.

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