Learn about the 4 R's of recycling:


Choose to Reuse

Reuse, repair and share things to give them a second life cycle. Wash and reuse containers, repair broken items and share or sell your unwanted goods.

We Throw Away Too Much

Too many items are single-use products that can’t be recycled and go straight into landfill after one use.

We need to change our behaviours and create a more circular economy.

Donating used goods to secondhand stores is an easy way to reduce our overall waste.

woman donating secondhand items

What is the circular economy?

It’s all about giving products another life cycle. Reusing rather than throwing out and replacing.


Buying a wetsuit

Linear Economy – Buy the cheapest suit you can find

Circular Economy – Choose a suit manufactured from recycled materials or buy a pre-owned suit


Doesn’t fit anymore

Linear Economy – Toss it

Circular Economy – Give it to an op-shop, sell it on TradeMe, or get trade-in value with an organisation such as Seventhwave

Old Wetsuit


Wetsuit zipper broken?

Linear Economy – Toss it

Circular Economy – Repair it. Using some craft skills you can repair the broken zipper on a wetsuit.

View the tutorial here


Wetsuit worn out?

Linear Economy – Toss it

Circular Economy – Reuse it. Turn the broken wetsuit into cool neoprene goods.

Learn more here


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Did you know…

  • Paper can only be recycled about 4-6 times, so it’s good to get the most use out of it.
  • Plastic packaging, such as clingfilm, bubble wrap, and squeezable bottles, is not recyclable.
  • Using a reusable water bottle saves hundreds of plastic bottles a year ending up as waste.

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