When your wetsuit reaches the end of its useful life you probably either condemn it to landfill or if you are like me you stick it in the shed with all the other old suits and think that one day you will find a use for all that old neoprene. Well now a company in California has started taking old wetsuits and recycling them into yoga mats. The company is called Süga – a simple play on the words SUrf and yoGA!
It is well known that wetsuits are laden with petrochemicals and are non biodegradable, and although a few are turned into bracelets or beer cozies, most simply end up getting slung out with the rubbish. Süga now take in old suits and recycle them into a Yoga mat that offers superior grip, plenty of cushioning and because of the closed cell make up of neoprene, it means the Süga does not absorb bacteria, grime like other open cell mats on the market. Süga have just completed a very successful Kickstarter campaign, where they smashed their funding target, which means they can also offer an XL SügaMat and a 100% recycled carry strap.
Süga will not only take in you old wetsuits for recycling (and offer a 10% discount on a new SügaMat) but under the C2G (Cradle to Grave) scheme will replace your mat for free for life should it ever wear out. Full details on Süga and how to get your hands on the sustainable Süga mats can be seen at the official website here, whilst a video can be seen below. Are you already using a Süga mat and do you like the idea of using a recycled neoprene yoga mat? Let us know if you have seen any other great uses for old wetsuits.