New wetsuit up-cycling scheme
Do you have an old wetsuit rotting in the shed or garage? If so, Inland Sea wants it.
The company is working with Dirtbags Co, which is based in The Lake District. on a new collaboration to create a range of products made from your old wetsuits.
As wetsuits are near impossible to recycle, they are a huge issue when they end up in landfill. This is why the company wants to up-cycle as many as possibly, into new useful products such as changing mats, yoga mats, camping mats, lap top cases, phone cases, key holder and coasters.
There are nearly five million wetsuits sold every year. The problem is most are made from neoprene, an oil base material made from petroleum. Whilst there has been lots of innovation to create new neoprenes developed from natural rubbers by Yulex, the vast majority of wetsuits are made from the original neoprene. These cannot be recycled and even though they can be repaired, wetsuits will often end up in landfill.
It is estimated 380 tonnes of wetsuit waste ends up in landfill every year, and most are non biodegradable.
Inland Sea will be accepting your old wetsuit by post and will also has various drop in points at surf and diving shops around the UK. The scheme will run throughout the summer.
If you can ensure the wetsuit is dry and clean, then pop in an old plastic bag (and that will also be recycled), and send to:
Inland Sea Floor 2, The Old Sunday School Roe Street Macclesfield SK11 2UT
You can find further information about the scheme on inlandsea.co.uk