Back when I was hanging around skate parks, pretending to be cool, grip tape was as common as hoodies and Airwalk shoes. Skaters use this sandpaper-like material to provide more traction. A properly taped skateboard stays closer to the feet while busting a flip trick, and keeps feet from slipping off during the more nuanced floor tricks.
But now I feel proud, because even skaters are beginning to shun grip tape for a more eco-friendly alternative made from hemp. Australian skating outfit Ramshackel uses marijuana’s benign cousin to weave a more durable alternative that treads lightly on the planet.