Are you one of those people who love swimming in the sea all year round because it’s a great all-round sport for body and mind? If so, you may have a wetsuit to withstand the cold water temperatures. And it’s also possible that, after several years of use, you feel like renewing it and are asking yourself the eternal question: what do I do with my old wetsuit now?

 

Textile pollution is a growing problem

8,300 tonnes of neoprene are discarded every year, according to a study by the company Circular Flow. The figure is based on calculations that combine the average lifespan of these products with the growing sales of these products and, although it is not very accurate, it gives us proof of the magnitude of the problem, because a wetsuit stored in an unused wardrobe has a more than direct destination to the only possible place until recently: the landfill.

unwanted wetsuits ready for recycling

Compared to the staggering 92 million tonnes of clothing discarded worldwide each year, the problem of wetsuit recycling may seem minor. However, the most direct way to do this is to involve the companies that produce them in the recovery process. This is the aim of the European Directive on Extended Producer Responsibility, which by 2030 will oblige companies that produce or market their own discarded items to take responsibility for them.

 

sailfish is committed to receiving and recycling wetsuits

With the aim of reversing this problem, the sailfish brand has decided to certify its wetsuits with the Revivack Recovery Code, which means that from now on it will receive and store, in an orderly manner, unwanted wetsuits with the aim of efficiently recovering their components (neoprene rubber, textile lining and metals) in collaboration with partners who will leave a trace of their activity with blockchain technology.

This strategic alliance with Revivack will also allow triathletes to return their worn-out wetsuit both by mail and in some specialized stores, and to benefit from a discount code that can be used when purchasing a new sailfish wetsuit.

We live in an obsolete world, because we are wasting hundreds of thousands of tons of raw materials and energy that, in reality ARE RESOURCES. – Bertrand Piccard 

In addition, sailfish will collect and store free of charge all wetsuits that are sent or delivered to the physical points of sale without the need to purchase a new one. This will avoid the accumulation of hundreds of kilos of material, conserving it in the form of ordered waste to convert it into useful raw material, thus contributing to the conservation of biodiversity and the reduction of CO2 emissions.

 

How are wetsuits recycled afterwards?

The reception of wetsuits is the first step in the recovery chain. Being able to receive and sort them in an orderly manner is a key element for efficient recovery. sailfish is currently studying who will be the next link in the recovery chain willing to participate in the first blockchain for 3TR recovery of wetsuits to become industrial rubber, and we will tell you about it very soon.

Discarded and unwanted neoprene wetsuits. Source: El Mundo Ecológico

Discarded and unwanted neoprene wetsuits. Source: El Mundo Ecológico

 

Stores as essential players in the recovery of wetsuits

The return of the wetsuits can be done by mail or through on-site delivery in stores that have partnered with the brand by signing up for the sailfish return and recovery program. Esportissim, SBR and Triforfun stores are partners in this initial test that has started in Catalonia.

Revivack QR signs in sailfish stores

The direct treatment and personalized advice is now joined by a very important additional service: the reception of the used item, something that is also accompanied by a discount that the store itself invites you to discover. Therefore, in each of the stores mentioned above you can find a QR code that leads to the Revivack page where the return of the neoprene is registered.

 

The 3 steps to follow to recover your wetsuit

One of the premises that Revivack has proposed is that the process of returning this discarded item is easy. For this reason, it requires only these steps:

1. Go to the returnable neoprene page.
2. Choose the shipping method you prefer: by mail or at a specialized store.
3. Receive a discount code for the purchase of a new sailfish wetsuit.

 

What are the benefits of recovering neoprene?

According to Bertrand Piccard , we live in an obsolete world, because we are wasting hundreds of thousands of tons of raw materials and energy that, in reality ARE RESOURCES. What happens when we throw away all this “waste”? Well, we pollute, we change the climate, and we lose a lot of money. The key is therefore to find the best system so that the recovery of products is also a benefit for everyone.
And sailfish has done just that:

  • For triathletes and open water swimmers: It offers an easy and transparent way to give a second life to their used neoprene, contributing to the reduction of waste. In return, they receive a discount towards the purchase of a new sailfish wetsuit.
  • For sailfish and its partner stores: It reinforces their active commitment to the circular economy and attracts a public that is increasingly aware of the impact of their choices on the world. Collaterally this is a boost to their reputation and image as an involved brand that does things right.
  • For Revivack: Consolidates its leading position by expanding its network of partners and its impact on the product recovery sector.
  • For the environment: And of course it only remains for us to reiterate what Piccard pointed out: recovering raw materials not only prevents pollution and global warming, but also implies a further step in the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources, complying with SDGs 13, 14 and 15.

 

A circular future for triathlon

The union of sailfish and Revivack is an important step towards a more circular future for triathlon. A future where products are designed with their full life cycle in mind, where waste generation is minimized and where consumers are active participants in the recovery chain.

women swimming with a sailfish wetsuit

Revivack founder María José Pedragosa

At Revivack, we also like to swim in the sea all year round. We enjoy this contact and the unique sensations it gives us. Now, we like to do it with the best equipment and a clear conscience.

 

Additional Resources:
Return of neopreneurs at Revivack
Turn your company into a Reviver company