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Benches and Chairs Made From Recycled Skis and Snowboards

Old skis never die, they just go downhill—to the dump—unless Vermont entrepreneur Toby Hirchak turns them into durable, all-weather furniture made from recycled skis and snowboards.
By The Mother Earth Living staff
November/December 2003

This clever chair design is made from recycled skis and snowboards.
Photo Courtesy VSR
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Discover a new furniture design that makes durable, all-weather furniture from recycled skis and snowboards.

“Skis last a long time, If we keep tossing them into landfills, we’re going to run out of ground."—Toby Hirchack

Snow kingVermont Ski Recyclers (VSR), in Morrisville, was founded by Toby Hirchak in 1996 when a friend who worked at Nordica asked him to make a snowboard bench. Hirchak uses old recycled skis and snowboards to make his stylish furniture.

Ski shop: The VSR crew makes fun and funky Adirondack chairs and loveseats, benches, coat racks, clocks, book cases, CD racks, lamps, and picnic tables—all from recycled skis and snowboards. Used, defective, and returned skis pour in from manufacturers, ski shops, and resellers. From time to time, the local trash hauler even drops off pairs at the workshop.

Downhill design: These sleek conversation pieces are perfect for yards, parks, or even a ski chalet, plus they’re water- and cold-proof to boot. Choose furniture created from ­radically painted skis and boards, or go with more subtle colors and patterns.

Skier’s delight: An aprés-ski Schnapps perched on a VSR bar stool.








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