I would like to start by saying I have actually been on this board, seen this board, and held this board in my own hands and can say it is a huge step in the ECO direction. They have reduced a ton of materials in this board that ARE harmful to the environment without sacrificing your ride. If you are educated on board construction, you can pick this board up look it over and tell there is less to it, and in the ECO world less is more. BUT, when you actually get on it you don't feel like you're on a board that is missing anything. It is one of the smoothest most responsive boards I have ever ridden. So if you like the idea of reducing your carbon footprint check this board out. You can go to www.k2snowboarding.com and find out a lot more about this board. Check out the info on HarshMellow as well, it is a huge part of why this thin profiled board can ride as smooth as it does with great edge hold.