Turning black into the new green
Who: Lava Rubber
Where: Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, USA
What: Handmade durable black mats
About: Lava Rubber collects and upcycles tons of used neoprene and other rubber scrap headed for landfill each year. They take donations from surfers, divers, surf schools, marine institutes, day camps, outdoor shops & neoprene manufacturers from the East and West coasts of the United States. This includes recycled wetsuits, neoprene sheets, gaskets, weather stripping, juice pouches, energy bar wrappers, mis-printed and used yoga pants and other clean scraps.
Working in partnership with the company Terracycle, they invent new products and solutions for this hard to recycle waste stream. They call it ‘Lava Rubber’ because of its spiritual similarity to molten lava. Just like a volcano naturally recycles the Earth into new terrain, they do the same with these donated scraps headed for the trash.
Lava Rubber’s handmade durable black mats are great for:
- changing in and out of wetsuits
- pet bowls
- spoons and soaps
- coasters, and more.
Feel good shopping
- Each yoga mat saves 5lb of waste from entering a landfill.
- Product packaging is also upcyclable.
- Upcycle your own gear. Lava Rubbers’ partners TerraCycle offer free recycling programs from around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste. Donations of used wetsuits and other rubber scraps are particularly favoured.
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