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- HEADQUARTERS & STORAGE LOCATION: Creeslough, Donegal, Ireland.
- Local Resourcing
- Recycled Materials
- Sustainable & Organics Resourcing
- Local Manufacturing
- Animals Welfare
- Avoiding Chemicals &PFC's
- Green Packaging
- Compensating CO2
- Supply Chain & Manufacturing
- Transport Optimisation
ENERGY & WASTE
- Reduction of Water Pollution
- Green Energy
- Waste Management
- Fair Labor & Compensations
- Diversity & Equity
- Health & Safety
- Good Practices & Environment
- Ecological & Sustainable Innovation
- Repairing, Recycling & Upcycling
- Circular Design
- Social & Environmental Initiatives
- Partnership with Organizations
- CSR Report
- Data Sharing & Evaluation
- Spreading knowledge
HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY
Original balance boards since 2008, built by hand in Donegal.
Boardsports have been part of our lives since we were able to stand on a board, from skating to surfing to wakeboarding and SUP’ing. The one thing that was needed to master all of these was balance! I made my 1st balance trainer from scrap material I found in our workshop in Donegal. It was a heavy, ugly thing that broke within a week, but it showed me the importance of balance training. Fast forward several design iterations and the HuKu board was born. Strong, fast, beautiful, and most certainly not scrap! Slowly I began selling these boards to my friends, and to local surf shops as well as local physios. Soon I realized this could be more than a hobby and here we are...
Many years have passed by since that 1st balance board, and as I have gotten older, I found new challenges and ways to stay healthy, first pilates and then yoga. The more I learned about yoga, the more I realized the benefits of balance training and developing a strong core. An office job showed me the importance of posture and movement. This is when I learned about the yoga wheel and how it can also help all of us live a healthier life. The other thing I notices was that all the wheels I found online were made from plastic, so again, I decided to make my own and after many iterations landed on our final design.
Balance boards and yoga wheels, designed to help improve posture, balance, strength and core. All natural, hand made balance trainers.
HuKu believe that if a product can be made from a renewable and sustainable material, then it should. Yes plastic is cheap, but is it worth it? We certainly don’t think so. The texture, the strength and the beauty of wood will always win over plastic in our hearts! So every product we design and make will have a material that comes from nature and can return to nature.
We get our wood materials from the Baltic region of Europe and from Portugal. All materials are sourced from FSC managed forestries. We use only natural materials where possible, water-based glues and inks, our electricity is wind-generated. Our packaging is all card and recycled paper.
We send our data to a team to measure it and we plant hardwood trees to offset our emissions.
ENERGY & WASTE
We are running our building off wind energy and plan to eventually be self-sufficient with a mix of wind and solar power. As we use only natural materials our waste management partners can take this in their recycling. We design and make other products from any wood waste we do create.
Huku is a fair and enjoyable place to work. Every member of staff has a voice and will be heard. We have weekly meetings to ensure everyone is happy and feels valued within the company. If any issues arise, they are dealt with immediately and fairly.
1 sale = tree planted
We run tree planting initiatives to offset all our emissions and beach cleaning days. Sustainable sustainability is our way of saying we care about the environment. We started Huku knowing we wanted to create quality, natural products that didn't leave a stain on earth. We've been thinking about what happens at the end of a product's lifecycle just as much as what happens at the start. Even at the design stage of our product life cycle, we are thinking towards the end of life. what materials we use and what will happen to them if they ever went to a landfill. All our products are compostable, but this just means they will eventually decompose back into the earth.
We're also new to this, just like you. We're so far along the process of becoming a positive eco certified brand, but we still have lots to learn. Our goal is to make responsible decisions that we can sustain.
CARING & REPAIRING
We offer a lifetime guarantee on all our products. if they are broken, we will fix them or use the material to create new products. We prefer to think towards a circular economy so we always suggest to take back any products that have reached the end of their life.
Check here Huku Balance shipping & returns info.
- Organic Cotton
- Natural Rubber
- Water Ink
- Water-based Glue
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