Why recycled plastic (rPET) is a surfer’s best choice for gear in 2024

Why recycled plastic (rPET) is a surfer’s best choice for gear in 2024

Surf gear is seeing a lot more recycled plastic material, but what’s the buzz all about, and is it worth it?

In 2023, we set out to create products that removed more waste from the environment than they created, so we were stoked to add products made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) material to our range this year.

So what’s the buzz about? Admittedly, we’re geeks when it comes to surf gear; we love good quality gear and are always looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact.

If you haven’t heard about rPET material, we’ve put together a list of three reasons why you should consider it for your gear and why the material is changing the surf gear industry.

  1. Finding another use for single-use plastics

We all know single-use plastics are a huge issue for our landfills and oceans. As water lovers, we don’t want to see rubbish and plastic clogging up the beaches.

rPET material gives a second life to those single-use plastics that would otherwise end up in landfills, making it a fully sustainable and recyclable material. It can also be continuously recycled without losing its quality.

  1. Lower carbon footprint

A lot of surf gear on the market uses a lot of plastics, so doesn’t it just make sense that this plastic is recycled?

The production of recycled material is better for the environment than the original product, making it the more environmentally friendly option for manufacturers.

  1. Performance

Now, let's talk performance. When creating new products, we always look at their durability – we can’t stand uncomfortable gear that breaks after a few uses.

rPET is durable, lightweight, and water-resistant. Our rPET gear is built to withstand the elements, ensuring you can confidently enjoy the water, knowing your equipment is up for the challenge.


Here at BPS HQ, we’ve created bags and hats from rPET material so far, with more products in the works, so keep an eye out in 2024!

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