Even the most beloved wetsuit will reach breaking point at some stage. Keep the memories and send us your old wetsuit to continue its journey.
Through Alpkit Continuum we constantly look at ways for us and our customers to give outdoor gear a longer life and prevent it from ending up in landfill. Maybe unloved, maybe loved too much and beyond repair! With a number of options, starting with our repair stations, we also work with partners who help us to re-use, re-home, re-cycle, re-purpose, reignite a products life. They are all important links in continuing the journey and avoiding the slide into landfill.
One particularly difficult material is neoprene, a petroleum based non-biodegradable material. With advances in alternatives slowly developing, there are limited recycling options meaning that tonnes of wetsuits are being disposed of each year, or simply stashed in the back of the garage waiting for that next clear out.
So what happens when the bottom falls out of your fave old wetsuit?
Of course if it can be repaired then great, or if there’s a bit of life left then get it donated for someone else to use. When it’s well passed the point of return then the options are fairly limited so re-purposing or up-cycling comes in to save the day.
So that’s why we’re doing a call out for your old wetsuit now. After a hard winter of use or planning on a new suit ahead of summer swims, hold fast before resorting to the bin! Send us your damaged wetsuits and then working with our Continuum partner Dirtbags Climbing, use them to create new products, from laptop bags to ‘human coasters’ (neoprene mats for standing on/getting changed after a swim)!
We’ve been partnering up with Jennifer Wood, Director at Dirtbags Climbing, for a number of years now and they are always looking at ways of up-cycling and re-using old kit.
“Being part of the Alpkit Continuum project has been a really positive experience. Not only for us but for the customers who bring old outdoor items in to store, it means they are also able to donate products that aren't necessarily usable again in their current state. As an upcycling project, we can use the items that can't be sent to the charities and therefore saving them from ending up in landfill. Broken, old or unsuitable things like wetsuits, faulty returns or climbing rope: we upcycle these goods. taking the usable components like the buckles, zips and fabric panels that are still good.”
How to Donate
This week, Alpkit Foundation will pay the postage for you to send wetsuits that you no longer use to us. So if you've got one you'd like to give a second life, here's how to do it.
1. Put it into a bag or box, ready to post.
2. Create a mailing label on our Royal Mail Returns Page. Choose Continuum as the reason for your return and type "Continuum" in the order number box. If you'd like the parcel to be collected from your house, Royal Mail will do this for 60p. Just select this option on the screen after you create your label.
3. Print off the label and stick it to your parcel.
4. Drop it off at the Post Office (unless it's being picked up!)
5. Start dreaming about your wetsuit's new life! Maybe you will cross paths again.
Not just wetsuits.
We’re constantly keeping the journey going by taking all sorts of outdoor equipment and clothing. Check out all the other avenues they take at Alpkit Continuum