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Eric Wagner

ENEApe for THE GREGoing REPORT Green Banana BY JARED I. GREENE

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Frontside ollie on a Green Banana. Rider: Eric Wagner

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nderground, in the corner of a dimly lit basement with a hazardously low ceiling, is a green banana – or rather, many green bananas. This basement corner is where James Giberson manufactures and presses boards for his company, Green Banana Skateboards. But what makes Green Banana different from any other skateboard manufacturer is that its boards are made from 100% recycled plastics. In such a small working space is a manufacturing revolution. Some people recycle boards to make things like furniture, but where else have we seen boards made of recycled goods? I wasn’t sure what to expect when meeting James; I knew very little about him and was referred to him by a guy I’ve never actually met in person. For all I knew he could have wanted to kill me and my camera guy in his basement and made a jacket out of our skin. But that wasn’t the case. Instead he was very excited to see us and show off his banana boards. To understand James Giberson’s motives, just think about the products he sells. Other than his boards, he enjoys recycling what many would call useless crap and making it into art. He frequents farmers’ markets to

Vol 10 No 5  

April 2012

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