Rip Curl is giving back to Aussies who recycle their old wetsuits this November with their ‘Wetsuit Take Back Recycling Program’. 

The iconic surf brand is calling on all surfers to reduce their environment footprint by recycling their unused wetsuits. They’ll receive a $20 same day in-store credit voucher for doing so.

From today until November 25th, anyone can drop off any surf branded wetsuit to Rip Curl stores around Australia to receive their voucher (for those living in Tasmania, the Northern Territory, or ACT, the selected stores will also be accepting the return of wetsuits via post). The materials will then be recycled in partnership with TerraCycle to be repurposed as soft fall matting in playgrounds and outdoor gyms.

It comes after a pilot program launched at Rip Curl’s Torquay store back in 2018 was a huge success, with over 2,500 wetsuits recycled and saved from ending up in landfill. The expansion nationally will allow many more wetties to be recycled and repurposed and even more Aussies to do their small part for the environment.

“One of our core values at Rip Curl is Community and Environment, and with this in mind we have spent over three years developing the most effective and environmentally conscious solution for wetsuit recycling available in Australia today,” Shasta O’Loughlin, Rip Curl’s Environmental, Social and Governance Manager, said about the initiative.

“TerraCycle has a huge network and were able to assist us in finding the best possible solution for recycling used wetsuit neoprene. We are really excited about this partnership, and the reach that it can provide across Australia. Once the program has proven itself here at home, we are excited to explore a global expansion. We want to give all surfers the opportunity to recycle their old wetsuits.”

To find out more information about the ‘Wetsuit Take Back Recycling Program’, just head to ripcurl.com.au.

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