Ok, exactly how does one make a "Green" stompbox anyhow? Especially since the entire thing is made of (or with) some type of petroleum product. Well, we tried making a Fuzz unit out of hemp and bamboo, but it wasn't very durable, smelled bad after a while, and getting it past airport security dope-sniffing-dogs proved difficult. ~Ahem~ Kidding aside, we've tried to figure out a way to reduce our Carbon Footprint as much as possible with Farndurk products.
Bad ol' puddy tat!
In our quest, the battery was the first place we went. Non-rechargeable batteries are one of the biggest energy wasting devices that civilization uses. Think about it .... it takes a certain amount of energy to charge a stompbox battery up to 9 volts, but it's only used down to about 6 volts, then thrown away (creating more hazardous waste in the process). 66% of the energy used to charge the battery was thrown out. Only 1/3rd of it's "total charge" was used and then the corpse was turned into Hazardous Material. Look at it from our end ... if most stompboxes use (let's say) 3 batteries per year, and Farndurk sells (let's say) 200 stompboxes per year, that generates over 600 dead batteries in one year. In 10 years (2 thousand pedals) Farndurk would be responsible for generating 6 THOUSAND dead batteries per year. Like we need more of this kind of wasteful thinking (not!). So it's little things like these that Farndurk is doing to keep even the lowly stompbox as Eco-Responsible as possible.
Another big part of what we do is the fact that the only part of our pedals that is difficult to recycle is the coverplate. Other pedal builders paint or powdercoat the ~box~ portion of the enclosure. This makes them non-recycleable. We apply finishes only on the cover plate itself so if any part of the enclosure is deemed non-recycleable it will be only the cover and not the entire box section.
That engineering also lends to being more green simply because much less petroleum based material is used to apply finishes to our designs. Since we only powdercoat the coverplate we're using far less of the powdered platic ... which is what powdercoating is ... just finely powdered plastic that is literally melted on to the surface by using an oven at around 375f to 400f degrees for roughly 45 minutes or so. So we use less plastic (powder) which is a petroleum product to begin with, and less natural gas or electricity is used to bake the powder on because we use much less powder in the first place.
ALUMA finish ... our ultimate green finish:
If you elect to go with our exclusive ALUMA finish then the greenage jumps up even higher. Aluma uses NO PAINTS, FILLERS, EPOXIES, GLUES, POWDERCOATINGS, INKS, DIES, CLEAR-COATINGS, SILKSCREENS, DECALS, STICKERS, OR WATERSLIDES .. no ~baking~ in ovens, no petroleum based powders used. We don't even use plastic knobs or washers ... everything is either aluminum or milspec grade stainless steel. No finishes or coverings at all, just finely ground-flat and polished aluminum with a ton of attention paid to every detail we actually have any control over. All of it done 100% by hand .. no sanders or polishers or buffing machines used at all as well as no chemicals are used to obtain our Aluma finish. Nothing more than a lot of hard manual labor with the proper touch. Even the lettering is all done 100% powered by humans .. and it is 100% "forever" due to our exclusive lettering process. The graphics on our pedals will actually outlive the electronics as well as the guy who bought it and the guy who built it! Our graphics, glyphs, and lettering will be on our devices until they are melted down in some recycling facility decades from now .. if ever! I can actually see people using our enclosures for "other things" decades down the line simply because they are so damned permanent. Ego talking? Perhaps ... or maybe it's just facts .. ^-^
The only ~power tools~ used to make a Farndurk pedal in Aluma finish is a drill press for the holes and a soldering pen.
No dead trees either:
We see no reason to actually print out any warranty or instructional information "on paper" when our website conveys these ideas very very well. So we see no need to kill a tree just to provide a paper operator's manual. If you have to have that, print it out yourself from info on our website. We have gone to mega-lengths to provide you with a killa-sick website to provide all of the information you could ever need electronically. Anything that anyone needs on paper can be printed out by them at their discretion. But if we can prevent even just a little of the deforestation that is occurring at ALARMING RATES, we're that much further ahead of the consuming hoards of humans that simply consume consume consume. We even use old printed crap as scrap paper around here such as old operator's manuals that I printed out for various things that we no longer own. Those printed sheets have an entirely useable "clean" side that works great for anything written down. Every single one of the hand-drawn layouts I use to actually build every single circuit board and every single pedal are done on once-used paper.
We're not "nutso" about it, just responsible.
We're the only family on our entire street that even has a recycling bin. It is amazing how much of your daily trash goes in the recycling bin rather than the "garbage" bin .. in fact it A-L-W-A-Y-S outweighs the regular garbage can every week .. by a lot. Just goes to show you how careless and irresponsible most of the populus is. Y'know it takes like ZERO extra effort or conscienciousness to apply these ideas. However most folks are more afraid of being labelled a "greenie" if they actually TRY once and a while. It takes so little effort to do these things, as well as to create ecologicaly friendlier products and "toys" .. if done properly the consuming hoards won't even know the difference .... as long as they have their smart phones, suvs, knee-length shorts, and big screen tvs all is well ...... right? ...... RIGHT~!?!?!
To be announced.