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Recycle Your Old Wetsuits

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Over the years, many subscribers have asked us how to recycle their old wetsuits. After all, neoprene is not rubber. It's not biodegradable or compostable.

It's a synthetic rubber material formally called polychloroprene, with a landfill life of hundreds of years.

Unfortunately, the only guidance we've answered was that all they could do was trash them. There was no commercial recycling.

Now comes Lava Rubber (, a forward-thinking company specializing in recycling and transforming materials like old wetsuits into innovative and eco-friendly items like slippers, coasters, and yoga mats. It's joined with Diveheart, a nonprofit organization that provides scuba diving opportunities for people with disabilities, and's two retail outlets (Costa Mesa, CA, and New York City) to collect and recycle unwanted wetsuits....

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