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Fourth Element introduce swimwear recycled from the sea

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Wear something that is good for the Ocean. Fourth Element has introduced subtle imagery and exciting new designs with the eagerly awaited OceanPositive 2017 Swimwear collection, made using recycled “Ghost” fishing nets.

Ghost Fishing Nets have been lost or abandoned at sea, and continue to catch wildlife, ensnaring and killing them, or end up snagged on reef, scouring their surfaces, leaving them dead and barren. More than 600,000 tonnes of these nets are lost every year. Teams of divers all over the world, along with fishermen reclaim these nets, often working in extremely dangerous conditions, and the nets are then recycled along with other post consumer nylon waste into ECONYL® before being knitted into Lycra® fabric for the OceanPositive swimwear line.

The 2017 collection features new designs to fit a greater variety of body shapes and a unique printed fabric design that is reminiscent of the net from which the fabric is made. The addition of “yoga pant” style leggings for women and a coordinated range of long sleeved rash guards, extends the range into broader categories than simply swimwear, and are at home as much above as below the water.

The launch coincides with much greater awareness of the issues of plastic pollution in the ocean, and marine conservation issues in general. Fourth Element’s Managing Director, Paul Strike was invited to present the company’s vision for commercialising plastic pollution at June’s Ocean Conference at the United Nations in New York.

“It is possible to imagine a world where there was no way to make any new plastics. If this were to happen, human ingenuity would find a way to recycle all this waste we produce and as a result reduce our impact on the planet. We don’t want to wait for that time, we want to be a part of this solution now,” said Paul. “The OceanPositive range is a statement of intent, to do something meaningful to benefit the environment that we love and feel compelled to protect.”

Available from selected dive shops and online at www.fourthelement.com

Photos: Daan Verhoeven at the Vertical Blue Freediving competition in the Bahamas featuring Camila Jaber, Hanako Hirose and Dean Chaouche.

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Quick Scuba Tips #1: How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving (Watch Video)

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How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving. Can’t I just take my new mask diving straight out of the box? Well, actually, no. It needs a little work to make it dive ready.

In this, the first in our new scuba diving quick hints and tips series, I’m going to show you how to prepare a new mask for scuba diving with three quick techniques, all aimed at stopping your scuba mask from fogging.

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Dive safe, dive often!

James


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Gear Maintenance Episode 4: Backplate and Harness Sponsored by Dive Rite (Watch Video)

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Welcome to Gear Maintenance! In this episode I’m showing you how to bring an old, tattered backplate and harness back to life and giving you tips on how you can look after your scuba diving gear.

If you want to support Divers Ready! (for free!) support our sponsor for this series of videos: Dive Rite

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When a scuba diver switches from a jacket BCD to a Backplate, Harness and Wing system, it can be very hard to switch back! We’ve packed this video full of hints and tips covering storage, protection, cleaning and maintenance to help you protect the investment you’ve made in your dive equipment.

Good luck to everyone! D.S.D.O James


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