Rip Curl Launches Australia’s First Wetsuit Recycling Program With TerraCycle
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Surf sportswear retail leader Rip Curl has announced a new partnership with French / American recycling company TerraCycle, a wetsuit recycling program that allows surfers to recycle their wetsuits through the Australia at participating Rip Curl stores.
Australian company Rip Curl has started a program where surfers across the country can recycle their wetsuits they no longer use in Rip Curl stores in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.
Thanks to this program, all recycled rubber will be reused as part of the soft fall mat safety mitigation layer that is built in outdoor playgrounds and gymnasiums.
Customers can drop off their used wetsuits at the store for free, and selected Rip Curl stores will accept all wetsuits except heavy slippers, gloves, hoods or drysuits. For those who have difficulty getting to the store in person or for those who reside in Tasmania, South Australia, the Northern Territory or the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), stores will accept combinations by the job.
In a press release seen by Green queen, Environment, Social Affairs and Governance Manager at Rip Curl Shasta O’Loughlin, said one of the company’s core values is community and the environment. “With that in mind, we have spent over three years developing the most efficient and environmentally friendly solution for diving suit recycling available in Australia today. TerraCycle has an extensive network and was able to help us find the best possible solution to recycle the neoprene used for wetsuits. We are really excited about this partnership and the reach it can offer across Australia. Once the program has proven itself with us, we are excited to explore global expansion. We want to give all surfers the opportunity to recycle their old wetsuits.
Rip Curl creates products for surfers, by surfers, and we want to make sure we extend the life of those products and turn them into a second commodity.
Shasta O’Loughlin, Environmental, Social and Governance Manager at Rip Curl
TerraCycle Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Jean Bailliard said of the news: “The program has been [sic] a great way to support consumers who care about sustainability.
O’Loughlin added, “We first started a local wetsuit recycling program at the Rip Curl Flagship Store in Torquay, Victoria, in April 2018. The response was overwhelming and the demand was clearly there. Rip Curl creates products for surfers, by surfers, and we want to make sure we extend the life of those products and turn them into a second product. Our nationwide expansion and partnership with TerraCycle is the next big step in this space.
Participating Rip Curl stores include Torquay, Sorrento (estran) in Victoria; Byron Bay, North Wollongong, Narrabeen, Ulladulla in New South Wales; Burleigh Heads in Queensland; and Scarborough in Western Australia.
TerraCycle regularly makes headlines for its Loop initiative, a reusable packaging e-commerce platform and framework that saw the company partner with fast food restaurant Burger King, the retail giant of Ulta Beauty cosmetics and even retail giant Carrefour in Paris tested two stores to provide a range of groceries in refillable packaging to its consumers.
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