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ABOUT US

About Fourth Element

Fourth Element began in 1999 with a conversation over a post dive beer in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt. We set out to design high quality clothing with a simple yet diving oriented style. With backgrounds in design and human physiology, we spent a year and a half researching designs and fabrics for a range of casual and technical diving clothing.

The Fourth Element Technical range is designed around the principles of performance, innovation and function. Using the latest fabric technology in unique combinations and designs, the Fourth Element Technical range revolutionises thermal protection for both Wetsuit and Drysuit diving.

We always welcome your comments and feedback, feel free to email us at - info@fourthelement.com

Our Green Element

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Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

To minimise the waste we generate, we reuse all boxes and packaging we receive to ship out orders. If it looks like your box has been used before, it most probably has! Wherever possible, we reuse, recycle or compost. This has meant that the waste we generate is now down to one black bag a week. We recycle cardboard, paper, plastic, glass, tins, ink cartridges, cans.

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Product Development

All of us are aware of the many and complex environmental issues that face a business. Initiatives we are working on currently include: Biodegradable and compostable packaging for our clothing to replace the plastic bags used at present. Minimising the amount of packaging required by incorporating a reusable bag as part of the product. A rolling programme to replace all materials used to manufacture our current range with environmentally friendly materials. Our new lifestyle range will be the first to be replaced with some recycled and organic materials.

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Charitable Donations

We support various environmental charities through the development of clothing, which firstly provides publicity and secondly generates donations from each sale. We have been working with The Shark Trust to raise awareness of the plight of the sharks, and since November 2007, have donated over £9000 to the charity. We are currently working with the Plastic Oceans Foundation who provide a powerful and effective platform campaigning for, supporting and funding targeted solutions aimed at significantly reducing plastic pollution in the environment.

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Use of Resources

Water - We are not connected to a mains water supply and get water from our own well! We also have a septic tank. Electricity – We use a "green" provider who generate some of their power from renewable sources, which do not produce harmful emissions or depend on finite reserves of raw materials. We also have a car share scheme for staff and encourage cycling to work.