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The 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