Surfrider Pacific Rim chair Kerry Harwood talks about the Wetsuit Reincarnation program.
This cargo of raggedy neoprene is destined for Southern California where it will be turned into yoga mats for American company SUGA. Since launching the wetsuit reincarnation program a couple years ago, Surfrider alongside a few of the local surf shops-Surf Sister, Pacific Surf, and Relic-has recycled about 4.5 tonnes of wetsuits, booties, and gloves.
Despite the success of diverting the used neoprene from landfill, Surfrider Pacific Rim has put it on their 2020 wish list to keep the worn out wetsuits on the Coast in order to reduce the carbon footprint from trucking them all the way to California. (Nora O'Malley / Westerly News)