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KUBI embraces change with 100% plastic-free packaging

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The award-winning KUBI dryglove system has been at the forefront of dive exploration for over seven years, enabling cutting-edge technical and cave divers across the globe to push the very limits of exploration. Inspired by their pioneering spirit, KUBI has committed itself to an equally bold step forward – to rid its full range of products of all plastic packaging for good.

From 1st July 2018, all KUBI dry-glove systems and accessories will be supplied in 100% recyclable paper packaging.

By far the biggest change can be seen in the KUBI standard dry-glove kit which is now delivered free of all plastic packaging. KUBI has gone a lot further than simply substituting plastic bags for more environmentally-friendly alternatives – it’s gone back to the drawing board with a fundamental rethink of how best to deliver its popular dry-glove product in a way that considerably reduces the impact on the environment.

The outer plastic packaging bag, header card and staples have been removed completely and replaced with an attractive 100% recyclable cardboard swing tag attached directly to the handy zippered KUBI storage bag. Inside, core components are now contained within sealed paper bags.

The KUBI range of dry-glove accessories have undergone a similar rethink with the complete removal of all plastic packaging. All KUBI accessory products will be delivered in sealed paper bags conveniently colour-coded using water-based dyes. Core components including KUBI aluminium rings and sealing o-rings will be delivered in red paper bags whilst latex outer gloves will be delivered in black paper bags.

Completing the trio of KUBI accessory products, thermal glove liners will be packaged in warm-coloured orange paper bags, reflecting the warming nature of the gloves they contain. All paper bags used throughout the accessories range are 100% recyclable.

“Plastic pollution poses a very real threat to the environment and particularly the oceans. Clearly it’s an unsustainable situation and KUBI has taken the bold pro-active decision to make a stand. Working with key suppliers, we challenged ourselves why packaging was there, what purpose it had and what options could be available to deliver a more sustainable product. By removing the plastic traditionally used to package our dry-glove systems and accessories, we will be reducing not only our own but our customers’ impact on the environment. This is simply about doing the right thing. We are not saying it is perfect, but believe we have made a very big step in the right direction,” commented Peter Wilson of KUBI.

The problem of plastic pollution and its long-term impact on the environment has gained considerable media attention in recent months. Divers, in particular, are acutely aware of the issue and are keen to do their bit. Research shows that between 8 and 12 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans every year – once there, it poses a serious threat to countless marine animals, birds and other organisms. As time passes, this same plastic breaks down into tiny particles that absorb toxins released into the water through human activity. These so-called ‘microplastics’ contain high levels of toxins which can enter the food chain, resulting in a toxic timebomb.

Find out more about KUBI products at www.KUBIstore.com.

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Divesoft divers develop the World’s First Standards for a Bailout CCR Course

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With the announcement of the World’s First Standards for a Bailout Rebreather Diving Course, the Divesoft Team continues to show themselves at the forefront of scuba tech diving gear worldwide. 

To ensure safety during longer dives, divers need to take extra measures and precautions. For instance, in the case of a catastrophic rebreather failure such as a broken scrubber, divers need to use back-up gas and bailout to an open circuit. This is not ideal, however, considering the number of bottles the diver needs to carry for such emergencies. To prevent this, recently, the consensus has been to use a bailout rebreather instead.    

Jakub Šimánek

It’s not an easy feat using a bailout rebreather which is why Liberty Sidemount Instructor, Matthew Jevon, and Divesoft Factory Trainer, Jakub Šimánek, jumped on the opportunity to develop standards for a bailout rebreather diving course and their work was then adopted and used by TDI (Technical Diving International) for the bailout CCR course. Becoming the first bailout CCR instructors was a great achievement for Matt and Jakub and their efforts haven’t ceased. The pair continues to create instructional materials and improve the course to cater towards future students’ needs ensuring it is as useful as possible. The pilot training is currently in progress and will be available soon. 

Matt Jevon

Matt Jevon is an accomplished diver, a Full Expedition Level Trimix and Cave Instructor on OC and CCR, including Divesoft Liberty Sidemount Instructor. Additionally, he has been accredited as an interdisciplinary sports scientist and sports psychologist; you can visit his Facebook page “Psychological Skills for Diving” here. 

Jakub Šimánek is a long-time Divesoft member (since 2012) who works on the development of diving computers and the CCR Liberty rebreather. He trains students from all over the world and in 2015, cooperated on a 4-year-long project with the Police as a diving instructor trainer, establishing the rebreather qualifications of police officers. 

Find out more about Divesoft at www.divesoft.com.

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Typhoon announce beach and boat changing robe

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Typhoon International’s new Pembry Jacket gets you warm and dry on the beach

Typhoon International’s brand new Pembrey Insulated Jacket is a beach and boat changing robe which is a cut above the rest. The Pembrey is a completely new addition to Typhoon’s growing clothing range, which is becoming as popular as its world-renowned wetsuit and drysuit products.

The Pembrey is built in an oversized fit, so that it can be used both as a changing robe, and as a protective jacket for getting warm and dry after coming out of the water.  Its long sleeves and internal insulation layer offer protection from the elements, whilst also being showerproof, windproof and breathable.

In addition to the breathable lining, the inside insulation layer from Sorona® Aura is a sustainably sourced part plant-based fabric which gives a great feel of additional comfort and protection.

The Pembrey is manufactured to Typhoon’s high quality standards, features tapered back hem styling, and a two-way zipper.  There’s plenty of room in the large outer hand pockets and an internal chest pocket.

The Pembrey comes in Typhoon International’s signature classic black with the lining in graphite.  The Pembrey Insulated Jacket is great for hanging out on the beach between swims, kayaking expeditions or for any number of outdoor activities where you need to stay warm and dry.

  • Sizes: S / M / L / XL
  • RRP inc VAT: £89.95

Visit www.typhoon-int.co.uk to see the full range and to find details of your nearest stockist.

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