I don’t want you to think I didn’t take your admonition seriously.
I'm not thinking of nature - my paranoia is focused on little particles getting into my bloodstream! Of course I hope using my dollars to buy sustainable products will help move companies in that direction. You could see how just 1 or 2 clothing companies switching to cruelty-free down forced most of the others to do it within a few years.
I'd like to use cast-iron cookware, if I was a better cook I would. Somewhat higher maintenance. Maybe I'll try one pan. I like Vollrath stainless steel which is US-made - I try to avoid Asian-made metals as much as possible.
-Will Lange (quoting Inuit chieftan)
Even cast iron can be a problem by getting too much iron that the body can’t eliminate well.
Maybe true ceramic (not the ceramic coated) is the way to go.
Ok, out of the kitchen and back to skis...
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Sorry I did not respond to you on this matter.
I am sorry if I gave you- or anyone- the impression that I was angry with you- I am certainly not.
I am just angry that we keep producing products like fluoro waxes.
I am all for disposable mass-produced products- as long as it turns into soil when you throw it out.
The problem with plastic is not plastic- it is that we refuse to make plastic out of trees. (Which we can do- it just costs more to do it.)
Back to wax-
I hope I don't wake up one day and find out I am yet again a hypocrite-
My understanding is that only fluoro ski waxes are toxic-
But what about my beloved non-fluoro grip waxes? I really don't understand their chemical make-up...
I sure hope that my daily ski touring is not contributing to microplastic in the ocean...
Thank you so much or joining us and sharing your interest, passion and experience.
Unashamed to be a "cross-country type" and love skiing down-hill.
I never had the impression you were angry at me, and I appreciated the education.
I dislike the impact man is having on the environment.
On the other hand, I drive a car, wear stuff not made from natural fibers, and on and on.
At least one problem I see with the Fluoro waxes is that, even if production was stopped today, what do we do with the tons of it that are in the supply chain? If one person doesn’t buy it, another will, or, it can go to land fill.
Can’t shoot the stuff into the center of the sun!
I have always used Swix, but am starting from scratch, so thought I might give Vauhti a try on a bulk order from Finland.
I know it would be harder to source individual items in the US, but not too worried about that.
To be honest, I switched from Swix because the site I was on was out of one of the items I wanted, and then it turned out the Vaughti was a little less expensive.
Oh, and because they are Finnish, and that seems cool!
Any thoughts on quality, effectiveness, usability, etc?
Any reason to not go that route?
Flouro's come into their own on wet snow, or old and dirtier snow, in general. I've never tried Vaughti waxes, but they're probably just fine. You might find it takes a bit to get dialed in to their performance for a given color compared to the Swix.
On the learning curve, how hard can it be — the cans have the temp numbers printed on them!
Ha ha — but really, not rocket science.
Man, i gotta fix my image one of these days — I just look so... blah.
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