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Fourth Element to make diving tools from recycled PPE

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Fourth Element has partnered with recycling and repurposing experts, Waterhaul, to retask the mask; turning single-use plastics into the tools we use in pursuit of underwater adventure. Face masks and other items of PPE from hospitals are melted down into blocks, sterilising the material which fourth element purchases, recycle and transforms.

These cave line markers are the first of what fourth element hopes will be many products using this waste material to give it a new life beyond protecting the lives of our frontline healthcare workers. Each marker re-uses the equivalent of two disposable masks. Waste is given a new direction.

The end product is completely safe. The PPE is heat treated by the hospital: the plastic is heated to high temperatures multiple times; first to make the blocks within the recycling process, and also whilst injection moulding the parts.

What makes this OceanPositive?

In the UK alone, 58 million single-use plastic face masks are thrown away every day, littering landfills and polluting the environment. Globally, we use 129 billion per month – that’s enough to wrap around the world 550 times! Over the last 12 months, a recorded 1.5 billion have entered the ocean, disrupting our ecosystem and endangering marine life across the globe. And that’s just what has been recorded.

These lines markers are made from recycled PPE, each one saving two masks from entering landfill or our oceans. Part of fourth element’s Zero Waste and Zero Plastic initiatives; to re-purpose as much plastic as possible and find new uses for products at the end of their lives.

We believe that this is the way,” said Jim Standing, co-founder of fourth element. “We are all going to have to tackle the challenges of a post covid world and one of these will be how we deal with the waste we have created as part of keeping ourselves and in particular, our frontline workers protected. We intend to play our part.”

For more information visit the Fourth Element website by clicking here.

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Garmin and Fusion set course for 2022 Southampton Boat Show

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Expanded marine product range to take centre stage, including the new Fusion Signature 3i Speakers and the quatix 7 marine smartwatches

Garmin and Fusion have announced they will again be exhibiting their extensive range of products at the Southampton International Boat Show in its 53rd year of running. Taking place from 16-25th of September at Mayflower Park, Southampton, visitors can experience the latest Garmin and Fusion products and deals, including the premium Signature 3i Fusion Speakers, quatix 7 smartwatches and more.

Visitors can get to grips with the newly introduced Garmin Navionics Plus cartography, which deliver all-in-one inland and coastal mapping, daily chart updates and premium content to compatible chartplotters. Offering a full suite of detail-rich mapping, Garmin Navonics Plus is an indispensable tool for mariners.

Newly launched, the premium Fusion Signature 3i Speakers expand and improve on the existing Fusion line-up. The updated range features stylish new colourways for an elegant fit on any boat. The Fusion stand will feature a full complement of audio products and visitors can test and receive support on integrating these systems onto their own boats.

The quatix 7 series of premium smart watches are designed for life on the water. The top-of-the-range Sapphire models add an always-on AMOLED display for sharper colour, clarity and brightness whilst maintaining top-end battery life. Also featuring coastal charts, autopilot control and key environmental data, quatix 7 is the perfect smartwatch for life on the ocean.

Also on display will be the LiveScope + and LiveScope XR. Featuring 35% target separation over previous systems, LiveScope + enhances the fishing experience with sharper resolution, reduced noise and Garmin’s clearest imagery to date. Alongside this, the ECHOMAPS UHD2 chartplotter series will also be available to demo. Featuring a sunlight readable display, physical buttons for ease of control and built in Wi-Fi alongside all-new hardware, these chartplotters offer everything a mariner could want for a successful outing on the water.

Garmin and Fusion will be at stands J386 and J377.

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionised life for anglers, sailors, mariners and boat enthusiasts everywhere. Committed to developing the most innovative, highest quality, and easiest to use marine electronics the industry has ever known, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday. For the seventh consecutive year, Garmin was recently named the Manufacturer of the Year by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). Other Garmin marine brands include Fusion® and Navionics®.

For more information, visit garmin.com, or follow at facebook.com/garmin.uk, twitter.com/garminuk, instagram.com/garminuk or linkedin.com/company/garminuk or visit Garmin.com/blog.

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Introducing Apple Watch Ultra – including new Depth app for Scuba Diving

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Inspired by the most extreme activities, Apple has unveiled the Apple Watch Ultra, which brings a new bold design and a wide range of features built for endurance, exploration, and adventure.

Apple Watch Ultra introduces a 49mm titanium case and flat sapphire front crystal that reveals the biggest and brightest Apple Watch display yet. A customisable Action button offers instant access to a wide range of useful features, and it also boasts exceptional battery life and a multitude of unique design features.

“Inspired by explorers and athletes from around the world, we created an entirely new category of Apple Watch designed for new and extreme environments — it’s the most rugged and capable Apple Watch yet,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Apple Watch Ultra is a versatile tool that empowers users to push their boundaries with adventure, endurance, and exploration.”

Chiefly of interest to scuba divers, is the fact that the Apple Watch Ultra is designed for watersports, including recreational scuba diving to 40 meters with the new Oceanic+ app. To support these underwater adventures, Apple Watch Ultra is certified to WR100 and EN13319.

Utilising a new depth gauge, Apple Watch Ultra features a Depth app designed with an intuitive user interface. With just a glance, the Depth app displays time, current depth, water temperature, duration under water, and max depth reached. Users can program the Action button to instantly launch the Depth app.

In partnership with Huish Outdoors, known for delivering innovative and reliable equipment for recreational diving, the new Oceanic+ app turns Apple Watch Ultra into a capable dive computer. Available from the App Store later this fall, the app runs the Bühlmann decompression algorithm, and includes dive planning, easy-to-read dive metrics, visual and haptic alerts, no-decompression limit, ascent rate, and safety stop guidance. Oceanic+ also offers a personalized user profile, reports on current and local dive conditions, and a dive logbook that can be shared with family and friends and automatically syncs to iPhone.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Apple to combine our world-renowned expertise in scuba with the unique capability of Apple Watch Ultra to turn the same everyday watch into an innovative dive computer,” said Mike Huish, CEO of Huish Outdoors. “With Oceanic+, Apple Watch Ultra users can enjoy a new and enriched experience during scuba activities.”

The Apple Watch Ultra is supplied with a choice of three bands specially designed for the Great Outdoors. The Ocean Band is designed specifically for watersports and recreational diving with a titanium buckle and corresponding spring-loaded loop. Molded from a flexible fluoroelastomer, it stretches and utilises the tubular geometry for a secure fit. The Ocean Band also has an optional extra-long tail that allows users to comfortably wear over a wetsuit.

Apple Watch Ultra is now available to order, with availability beginning Friday, September 23. The price is currently listed to be £849.

For more, please visit www.apple.com

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