[Re] Neoprene: Sustainable Surfing
The sobering fact that “Globally, it is estimated that 8,380 tonnes of old wetsuits end up in landfill each year” has been a catalyst for me as a designer and maker. I was committed to finding ways to reduce waste and promote sustainability in the surf industry, specifically focusing on their use of Neoprene wetsuits.
Through my material research, I have found a way to extend the functional life of old neoprene wetsuits by transforming them into functional products through a lamination process, creating flip flops and sunglasses. My designs are characterised by colourful lines that derive from the fabric used in wetsuits. Each distinct hue portrays the journey and experiences of every wetsuit, capturing the essence of their individual stories.
As a designer and maker, I am committed to creating products that embody both practicality and environmental responsibility, and to contributing to a more sustainable future where waste materials like Neoprene can be transformed into beautiful and functional products that serve both people and the planet.