Rip Curl Launches Wetsuit Recycling Program
Sportswear retailer Rip Curl launched Australia’s first wetsuit recycling program in partnership with TerraCycle.
Surfers can now recycle their wetsuit at selected Rip Curl stores in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and WA. According to the company, the recycled rubber will be reused for use in the safety mitigation layer of soft drop mats used in playgrounds and outdoor gyms.
“TerraCycle has a large network and was able to help us find the best possible solution to recycle the neoprene used for wetsuits,” said Shasta O’Loughlin, environmental, social and governance manager at Rip Curl.
“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 will accept all branded wetsuits except heavy slippers, gloves, balaclavas or drysuits. The brand launched a local coveralls recycling program at its flagship store in Torquay, Victoria, as a test in 2018.
“The response was overwhelming and the demand was clearly there,” O’Loughlin said.
“We want to make sure we extend the life of these products and reuse them in a second product. Our nationwide expansion and partnership with TerraCycle is the next big step in this space.