What is neoprene?
Neoprene is a synthetic rubber material known for its exceptional versatility and wide range of applications. It was first developed by DuPont scientists in the 1930s and is made by polymerizing chloroprene, a derivative of petroleum. Neoprene exhibits various properties that make it popular in several industries, particularly as a valuable material in manufacturing and consumer products.
What can I do with old wetsuits?
If you're on the lookout for a new suit but not quite sure how to dispose of your old one, there are multiple options that avoid your suit making its way to landfill:
1. Donate or Give Away: If your wetsuit is still in good condition, consider donating it to a friend, family member, local charity, or water sports organization that could put it to good use.
2. Repurpose or Upcycle: Get creative and repurpose your old wetsuit for DIY projects. You can make accessories like pouches, laptop sleeves, or drink koozies. Alternativley. you can send your old suit off to one of the small businesses above who will turn it into something fantastic!
3. Recycle: Look for recycling facilities or companies that accept neoprene or wetsuits for recycling to minimize waste and support eco-friendly practices.
Can you recycle wetsuits?
Yes, old wetsuits can be recycled, and doing so is an environmentally responsible approach to handling these materials. While neoprene, the primary material used in wetsuits, is not biodegradable, recycling allows for the extraction of useful components and reduces the overall waste burden on the environment. Here are some ways wetsuits can be recycled:
1. Upcycling: Instead of traditional recycling, some organizations or individuals upcycle old wetsuits. Upcycling involves transforming the wetsuit material into new products or accessories, such as laptop sleeves, phone cases, yoga mats, or bags. This creative approach gives the wetsuit material a new life, reducing the need for new raw materials.
2. Recycled Neoprene: Several companies and facilities specialize in recycling neoprene specifically. They collect old wetsuits, break them down, and convert the neoprene into new products, like neoprene sheets for manufacturing other items.
3. Donations or Resale: If your old wetsuit is still in decent condition, consider donating or reselling it. Some non-profit organizations or programs may accept used wetsuits to provide affordable gear to those who need it or for various educational purposes.++
4. Local Recycling Facilities: Check with your local recycling facilities to see if they accept neoprene or wetsuits for recycling. Some recycling centers have the capability to process these materials, while others may have partnerships with companies that handle neoprene recycling.
Where can I recycle wetsuits?
There are several options available when it comes to recycling wetsuits. If your wetsuit is damaged and unrepairable, consider sending it off to one of the UK based intitiatives mentioned above so that it can be repurposed into something new. If it's still in a useable condition but you're just looking to replace it, consider contacting organisations such as The Wave Projects or surf shops that accept donations that can be sold on and reused.
Regardless of what you choose to do with your old wetsuit, it's essential to consider ways to extend its life or give it a new purpose to minimize waste and contribute to sustainability.
Can I repair a wetsuit?
Yes, you can repair a wetsuit, and doing so can extend its life and save you money on buying a new one. Wetsuits are made from neoprene, a flexible and durable material, which allows for relatively straightforward repairs. Our Neoprene Wetsuit Glue is dsigned to effectively seal or repair small tears in your wetsuit, it's ideal for helping prolong the service life of a wetsuit should any unexpected tears occur.
Our Sustainability Journey
Alongside our wetsuit recycling initiative we're working on other ways that we can help to look after our oceans.
Interested in finding out more about our sustainability journey? Check out further details of how we're becoming a more eco-concious brand by visiting our sustainability page.