Wetsuits are critically important if you plan to dive below the thermocline or swim in cold water for an extended period of time. A frequently used wetsuit that is properly cared for might last 4 or 5 years. Raw estimates as of 2019 say the number of worldwide divers and surfers is 6 million and 35 million respectively. If half of the surfers and divers use a wetsuit regularly (and it’s probably more) that’s 5 million wetsuits discarded every year! (40Million divided by 2 equals 20M divided by 4yrs).
The dive and surf community is comprised of individuals who love the ocean and realize the importance of conservation efforts now more than ever so throwing a wetsuit out is often at odds with their environmental ethos. Even if you don’t fall into that category you can still do your part for the environment by donating or Upcycling instead of trashing your wetsuit. The options below are fantastic ways to upcycle an old wetsuit that is no longer sea worthy.