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However, the traditional methods of producing or discarding the gear we need can be more impactful on the planet than the way we use it. As a wetsuit manufacturer, we are constantly looking for new ways to offer an increasingly sustainable product with each collection, without sacrificing quality or performance, and to find solutions once it has run its course.
However, as much as we’d like, wetsuits can’t last forever. They gradually wear out overtime and have essentially nowhere to go once they reach the end of their lives.
Consequently, millions of old or unusable wetsuits lie in landfills each year. On top of that, wetsuits and other neoprene products have been extremely hard to recycle, until now.
GEORGI MARINOV, the founder of Circular Flow, wanted to find a way to provide a solution to recycle neoprene residuals, and then to recycle them again and again.
Circular Flow’s technology and manufacturing processes mean that they can:
This is a full-scale recycling process with zero waste and zero use of water – another first for the industry.
This new partnership hopes to address the neoprene waste problem by collecting wetsuits and neoprene items at local shops to then turn them into new and useful neoprene products.
As a first step, we are launching this recycling program in select shops around France.
Our goal is to collect and recycle between 2 000 and 2 500 wetsuits in 2023.
Circular Flow will process the returned neoprene items and create new water sport items for retail. These can then be used and at the end of their life, returned again for recycling – a world first.
At this time, it is complicated to make wetsuits from wetsuits as recycled neoprene loses its stretch. However, we will manufacture actual MANERA goods that do not require that, like car seat covers and other accessories.
Drop off your items at any of these shops during their opening hours.
Our partner shops in France :