Today’s teenagers truly care about the planet and it’s a great thing. Climate change is high on the agenda and the protection of our wildlife and the world’s animals at the forefront of young people’s minds. Did you know that over 500 billion plastic bags are produced every year, and 97- 99% of them are not recycled and end up in landfills, as litter, or in our oceans? Kitesurfers and windsurfers alike love the ocean and want to protect our planet at all costs. This got us thinking about our old kites and ways to make them more sustainable when we get a new one. Check out some of our ideas on how to recycle your old kite.
Pass it down
If you’ve outgrown a kite because your skills have improved or you’re simply too big to use it anymore, then pass it down. As long as your kite is in good condition and not damaged, pass it down to a smaller or less experienced kitesurfer than yourself. This means your kite will have another lifespan and give another aspiring kitesurfer the chance to practice and perfect their skills. You never know, they may be able to pass it down again too!
Kitesurfing kites are made from plastic and are strong, windproof and partly waterproof. This makes it a perfect material to turn into something new. We love Kitelab’s ideas to turn old kites into deck chairs, waterproof coats, pet toys and unique bags. Discover their ideas here and have a think about what you can create with your old kite. Also Surfertoday has come up with a long list of ideas of things you could make here.
Support a creator using old kites
Sustainability isn’t just about the planet but also about the longevity of skills and independent businesses. So why not support an independent artist who makes kitebags from the old kites of 5x World Champion Aaron Hadlow? Support Sewn Again Kite Bags by purchasing a cool new rucksack or tote bag – Christmas is coming up so it’s the perfect gift! Plus your new bag will have once been owned by a kitesurfing world champion – what’s not to love?!
Donate your old kite
Another way to extend the life of your old kite is to donate it. EXKITE is an Italian brand founded by ex-pro kitesurfer, Renzo Mancini, who partnered with Norwegian stylist, Eirinn Skrede, to turn pre-loved, pre-flown kites into striking streetwear fashion. Discover the collections for both men and women and contact them to donate your old kite here.
Recycle your old kite
Finally, if you’re not feeling creative or don’t know anyone who would be able to use your old kite then recycling your kite is another great option. Get in touch with Vivi Urban Kites to recycle your old kite now.
There are plenty of ways to extend the life of your old kite so make sure it doesn’t end up in landfill and you recycled your old kite when it’s time to move on.
Can you think of any other exciting things to make with old kites? Let us know! We from Lenguaventura kitesurf camp for teenagers are curious to hear your story.