Recycling From Head to Toe: Swim Caps and Sandals

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recycle swim capsThe feasibility of recycling swim caps into flip flops holds promise for Yvonne Kraus, triathlete and founder of EcoAthlete. She hopes that the final recycled product for the swim cap recycling program will be launched in the near future.

Swim caps are made from latex, silicone, Lycra, or neoprene, a synthetic rubber.

Recycling options for silicone are available, but it is not collected through any national program for recycling. Latex and Lycra (spandex) aren’t recyclable on a large scale yet, but research and development on this product is in the beginning stages.

Though the project went on hold when the recession hit, Kraus adds, “I still have a basement full of caps and receive caps from people today! People want to have an outlet for it for sure.”

Kraus is always on the lookout to generate enthusiasm for eco-athleticism and leads the way in her EcoAthlete program development, sponsorship opportunities, and discovering new green products and events. She is still accepting swim caps by mail. If you have swim caps (latex only) sitting around in your closet or duffel bag, send them to:

Yvonne Kraus
4614 Dayton Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
Even if they aren’t recyclable on a large scale yet, we’ll be sure to stay updated on the progress of the exciting potential of this program. In the meantime, you can read up on where to find recycled sandals here.


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2 Responses to Recycling From Head to Toe: Swim Caps and Sandals

  1. Hi I need your help. I was recently involved in a car wreck. I damaged my spine and left knee and shoulder I have a problem with chlorine and my ears. If you happen across any swim caps strapped style, If anyone has any thing to spare I would be very greatful.?I am also looking for a couple of red natural rubber tubes to use in the pool for balance.

    Thank You from the bottom of my heart,
    Earl. [email protected]

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