Originally, fourth element OceanPositive products were conceived as a result of recycled nets and other discarded waste – turned into ECONYL® yarn to use in our swimwear and rashguards. We are constantly reviewing old products to add more sustainable fabrics and ensuring anything new we create is thoughtfully considered for its environmental impact.
During the neoprene production process, limestone is used to replace petrochemicals to form rubber chips. You achieve the same performance as traditional neoprene, but with way less environmental impact.
One of the key ingredients of neoprene, Eco Carbon Black, is recycled by our wetsuit factory from post-consumer scrap tyres. This significantly reduces energy consumption and cuts CO2 emissions by 200g per wetsuit.
Dope-Dyed Yarn (exclusive products)
The yarn in this garment is dope-dyed, a process of infusing dye pigments into a molten plastic solution to produce coloured yarns. This saves vast amounts of water whilst reducing energy consumption and water pollution.
After the neoprene creation process, the redundant trimmed materials will be recycled and reused in the mixing process to produce more neoprene sheets. Overall huge amounts of raw materials are saved, energy consumption is reduced and waste water and air emissions are minimised during production.
The Surface Suit is made from Yulex Pure™, an FSC® Certified, ultra-pure natural rubber made in the USA. The plants are grown with natural irrigation systems and the materials are processed with recycled water. Even the waste plant material after the rubber extraction process is used as biomass fuel for electricity generation. Yulex™ is sustainably grown and harvested, helping protect the social and economic wellbeing of forest dependent communities.
The lining fabrics are created from ocean-bound plastic bottles, recycled and spun into a soft polyester yarn. Water-based glues are used to bond the foam to the fabrics and prints are embossed or use water-based inks to ensure every care has been taken to minimise the environmental impact of this product.
We consume nearly 1 million plastic bottles a minute globally. This waste is not always necessary and not all of it is handled responsibly. Recycling is one solution to the problem, creating new products from old. Rejecting single-use plastic packaging and recycling whenever and wherever possible is a step in the right direction. With small changes in our behaviour, we can make a big difference.
Each of our Hydro-T recycles approximately up to seven ocean-bound plastic bottles. The prints are produced with water-based inks, limiting the amount of chemicals used in production.
Each pair of shorts recycles approximately eight ocean-bound plastic bottles.
ECONYL® REGENERATED NYLON
Our Thermocline range, swimwear and OceanPositive rashguards are made using ECONYL® recycled nylon. Nylon waste that would otherwise pollute the Earth, like fishing nets, carpet flooring and industrial plastic from all over the world, is transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon. This is exactly the same as brand new nylon and can be recycled, recreated and remoulded again and again, meaning we can create new products without having to use new resources.
As well as being a solution on waste, ECONYL® regenerated nylon also reduces the global warming impact of nylon by up to 90% compared with the material from oil.
Safe sun protection is vital for customers who love watersports. For years we have been told to cover ourselves in sunscreen, but recent studies show that the pollutants in sunscreens are contributing to the increase of dead and sterile ‘zombie reefs’. Pollutants in sunscreens are killing the coral in our oceans and increasing numbers of people are looking for alternatives.
By wearing a rashguard with sun protection of UPF50+, blocking at least 97.5% of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, you’ll reduce the amount of sunscreen you need to apply. For any exposed skin, choose Stream2Sea reef-safe sunscreen. Made with natural ingredients, and tested and proven safe for baitfish, freshwater fish, saltwater fish and coral larvae.
Think wetsuit and you think neoprene. But how about an alternative with more environmentally friendly credentials? Thermocline utilises a unique fabric made using ECONYL® recycled Nylon laminated with a waterproof membrane and thermal fleece.
The next generation Thermocline fabric is the highest performing fabric we have ever made for this application and it feels as good as it looks, its outer layer is 78% ECONYL® recycled Nylon, from fishing nets and other consumer wastes.
More than 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year, endangering marine and bird life and creating almost unfathomable areas of pollution, from local water courses to vast plastic gyres. Reducing the plastic we discard is part of the solution to improving the health of our oceans.
X-Core is made with REPREVE® – a fibre that is made from recycled post-consumer waste, including used plastic bottles. Plastic is removed from the waste stream and prevented from reaching the ocean. 76% of the fibre composition of X-Core is recycled polyester.
The Polartec® fabric used in X-Core is manufactured to the highest environmental standards. It has Blue Sign® and Oeko-Tex® certification to indicate that harmful chemicals are minimised or eliminated and that waste water is treated to ensure its purity before being released from the factory.
Using fabric manufactured according to the Bluesign® standard, the Storm Poncho is produced using innovative, resource-conserving and environmentally friendly techniques.
The fleece backing contains 37% recycled yarn with S.Café® technology, derived from post-consumer plastic bottles. S.Café® process embeds coffee grounds into the recycled yarn surface, changing the characteristics of the filament and provides faster drying times along with increased odour resistance and enhanced reflection of UV rays.
These shoes don’t just feel good, they DO good.
The outer parts of the shoe are made from a 100% natural rubber from rubber trees, reducing the demand for synthetic rubber made from petrochemicals.
The lining is made from recycled polyester. Each pair of Rock Hoppers saves at least 6 plastic bottles ending up in landfill or worse, the ocean.
As of 2019 our full Life collection is being produced with certified organic cotton, hand printed with water-based inks, and all packaged without plastic.
Regular cotton is often farmed from genetically modified seeds which have a resistance to fight off crop-eating bugs. Organic Cotton is grown without chemical pesticides, and ensures that waste water from the agricultural process is not contaminated with chemical residues, meaning that it can return to the water course. The production of cotton, and indeed most fabrics, is water intensive but organic protocols mean that waste water can be recycled.
Water-based inks are made by suspending a 100% biodegradable pigment into a water base and are free from harmful, toxic chemicals. This allows our printers to wash their equipment without the use of harmful solvents for cleaning and disposal.