About

Chalk Rebels is on a mission: USE LESS CHALK

We’re in business to preserve the climbing environment. Our primary goal is to reduce the use of loose chalk powder in the climbing community. 

Climbing has seen an unprecedented growth in the last decade thanks to the popularity of indoor bouldering. Popularity means impact we can no longer deny. Our once beautiful rock has been bleached by chalk. The art of true on sighting has been spoiled by ticked holds. Chalk-lung has become a thing. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

A little chalk washes right off with rain. A little chalk won’t make you cough like a chain-smoker after a long session at the gym. A little chalk goes a long way. Especially if you avoid chalk powder. Use liquid chalk or chalk balls as alternatives. Since I started using liquid chalk & chalk balls I have significantly reduced my chalk use. I can’t remember when I last bought powdered chalk.

You can do the same. Use liquid chalk as a base layer. Your hands will stay dry far longer. If you still need a little extra use a chalk ball instead of powdered chalk. Let’s keep the climbing experience clean for ourselves & for future generations by following these three simple rules:

  • Use LESS chalk
  • Avoid chalk POWDER
  • BRUSH your holds

Join the chalk rebellion. Make the rock smile again: use LESS chalk. Francis, Founder of Chalk Rebels

 

Our Vision: Skin Care for Climbers

We're developing a line of products to help climbers to reduce their use of chalk powder & mitigate the ill effects of chalk on skin health. This means developing products for use during, before & after climbing.

BEFORE: Moisturizing Cream.

Strong skin is healthy skin. If you want to avoid cuts & wounds on your finger you don't need to build even more calluses. You need healthy, well-hydrated skin. We're developing a moisturizing cream specifically formulated by climbers for climbers. Coming soon.

DURING: Chalk Balls & Chalk Cream. 

For indoor use nothing beats chalk balls: they prevent dust buildup in the air & limit the amount of chalk deposited on holds. This means less brushing for you & healthier lungs for all climbers around you at the gym. We are selling high-quality chalk balls that in environmentally friendly packaging today.

If you combine this with liquid chalk cream as a base layer you get the best of both worlds: dry hands from the liquid chalk & small top-ups for your finger tips from a chalk ball. No need for a chalk bucket means no more accidental chalk spills. No chalk over-use means a cleaner rock & healthier climbing environment. We have formulated a unique quick-drying liquid chalk that lasts longer & applies more like a skin cream than a liquid. No more mess! Our liquid chalk cream is coming soon.

AFTER: Skin Repair Cream

As a climber your hands sure take a beating. Especially if you are pushing your limits. Small cuts & scrapes are inevitable & good skincare is essential. We are developing a skin repair cream specifically formulated for climbers to help you get back on the rock faster. Our repair cream is coming soon.

ENVIRONMENT FIRST

Our basic principle is that all our products should be packaged  in environmentally-friendly ways. This means avoiding plastic, using natural products & avoiding the excesses of the mainstream cosmetics industry. All of this takes time, but it's the only way we can feel comfortable selling our products. This means not all products are available today. We only roll them out once we are certain they meet our high standards. Thank you for your patience.

 

Chalk Rebels is a member of 1% For The Planet

Chalk Rebels contributes 1% of revenue to environmental charities through the 1% For The Planet program. Since its inception in 2002, 1% for the Planet has helped to direct hundreds of millions of dollars to environmental nonprofits around the world. 1% for the Planet is a network of like-minded individuals, businesses, donors and nonprofit organizations working together toward a common goal: protecting the future of our planet.

Chalk Rebels is a proud member of 1% For The Planet together with companies like Patagonia and Clean Kanteen. The 1% for the Planet seal indicates that a business donates 1% of its annual sales to environmental nonprofits. Every time you buy a product with a 1% for the Planet logo, a portion of your purchase goes back to our planet. We are proud to sport that 1% For The Planet seal on all of our products.

Practically this means that every year we at Chalk Rebels report our revenue to 1% For The Planet. We then work together with one of the 1% For The Planet Nonprofit partners to donate 1% of our revenue to the planet.

The 1% For The Planet environmental nonprofit partners work to advocate, conserve, steward, educate and activate to create a healthy, vibrant future for our planet. 1% for the Planet approved nonprofit partners are carefully vetted environmental organizations that are eligible to receive funding from members like Chalk Rebels.

We chose to contribute to 1% For The Planet because it is the easiest way to have short-term, direct impact on environmental issues.

Every time you buy a product from Chalk Rebels, you’re helping to create a healthier planet!

 

Chalk Rebels is a Benefit Corporation (B-Corp)

Certified B Companies are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. B Companies are a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using businesses as a force for good.


From digital products like Hootsuite to food producers like Tony’s Chocolonely, thousands of companies are choosing to become a B-Company. Chalk Rebels is proud to join the club.

Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on all their stakeholders as part of the terms of their Certification. The B Corp legal framework helps companies protect mission through capital raises and leadership changes and gives entrepreneurs and directors more flexibility when evaluating potential sale and liquidity options.

The crux of being a B-Corp is adhering to the legal requirement: taking into account all stakeholders’ interests is baked into the corporate structure of the company. This means that all stakeholders’ interests remain protected even if Chalk Rebels ever changes ownership, raises money or changes company structure.

Chalk Rebels is a B Corporation & aims to balance purpose and profit. We use business as a force for good: preserving our climbing environment. We chose to become a B-Corporation because it is the best way to make sure a company’s long-term goals stay aligned with supporting the environmental cause.

 

The Bottom Line: Use Less Chalk. Do Good. 

We are proud we have built a company with a mission & follow the stringent environmental requirements that come with being a B-Corp & membership of 1% For The Planet. We display these logos with pride on all our packaging to show that whenever you buy a Chalk Rebels Product you know you do good. Thank you for supporting our cause!