Skating on by: Grove, MapleXO unveil next recycled board line
By Andy Giegerich
Digital Managing Editor
The new Grove and MapleXO collaboration actually draws on an old project: a "skate case" for iPhones made from recycled skateboards.
The Portland Grove and MapleXO companies have rereleased an iPhone protective product made from recycled skateboard materials.
The SkateCase, made from upcycled skateboard scrap material, broadly protects the phones thanks to the laminated maple case that affixes to the phone's back side. The cases are hand-sanded and finished with citrus oil.
Grove and MapleXO pride themselves on rescuing waste from the skateboard factory PS Stix and using the wood for various products, including, in MapleXO's Lindsay Holmes' case, jewelry. Holmes showed off her wares at last year's MusicfestNW event.
The companies said that the SkateCase, which they introduced two years ago, is being brought back due to popular demand "with a new and strengthened design." The companies said the cases go through "milling, filing, gluing, sanding, soaking, oiling, lining, laser engraving, quality control and packaging" before they're shipped directly to consumers.
The SkateCases cost $149.
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