Mind The Ocean
The connection with the environment makes respecting and preserving it fundamental values of our community, with a basic principle in mind: do not cause avoidable harm. Our commitment extends to all phases of the life of the product, ensuring that its impact on nature is as low as possible.
We know that today we are less sustainable than we will be tomorrow, but our commitment is always to be more sustainable than we were yesterday. We are aware that there are countless battles to fight when it comes to sustainability, but the resources at our disposal are limited.
We need to focus our efforts into one battle: Eliminating plastics from the oceans. Because there’s no green without blue.
The useful life of a product is a crucial parameter in analysing its quality and sustainability.
A well-designed product incorporates raw materials that ensure durability in order to lengthen its life cycle. A longer life cycle decreases the negative impact on the environment, as fewer raw materials are consumed and fewer pollutants are emitted associated with manufacturing, packaging, transportation.
To make the best products, you need the best designs and you need to choose the best raw materials and the best manufacturing processes. After doing this for 25 years, we have learned to control these variables in order to provide the best user experience.
To control this entire process, we have offices in Hong Kong in direct communication with our material suppliers, guaranteeing that the designs we make are transformed into the products we want to offer to our users.
The raw materials to be used are of key importance. This section explains the materials we use to make our products.
Currently, the most sustainable raw material for obtaining neoprene is limestone, compared to other much more polluting processes in which lower quality neoprene is obtained from oil. The process of obtaining neoprene from limestone was developed in the 60s by the Yamamoto company and it has been perfected to reach the current process, where the best quality neoprene is obtained. Not only do the common characteristics of this neoprene contribute to its better performance, but they also ensure its maximum durability.
Polyamide from Renewable Sources
In clothing, sustainable materials such as renewable polyamide are becoming more important. The RS1 Swimskin is composed of 99% Polyamide from renewable sources, which replaces polyester obtained from petroleum.
Not only is this type of fabric more respectful of the environment, it yields better results because it’s 25% lighter, 40% more resistant to wear and 30% more buoyant. This fabric is also used in the core clothing range of triathlon clothing as well as the swimming range with a presence of 78%.
Other very important materials in our products that may go unnoticed are the materials used for packaging. To minimise the impact of these, as of 2020 our entire range of wetsuits and accessories uses recycled cardboard packaging instead of single-use plastic. As for clothing, due to the logistical complexity involved in transport and storage, individual solutions are used for each product. These solutions consist of completely eliminating common single-use plastics, using bags that are reusable or that are made of biodegradable compounds.