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The Diving Industry Must Get Rid of Disposable Plastic

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As we reported last month, the diving industry, which we expect to protect our oceans, uses tons of disposable and unnecessary plastic packaging. In that article, we mentioned a small British Company, Fourth Element, which has now introduced a wetsuit for tropical diving made entirely from bottles and other plastic recovered from the ocean and is producing swimwear made from recovered ghost fishing nets.

Owners Jim Standing and Paul Strike have declared that the company plans to stop using disposable plastic entirely by 2020. We queried if they packed their new Thermocline wetsuit in a plastic bag. Standing told us, "No plastic at all. Bags are cassava starch, if there is a bag at all. Larger items are packed in cardboard sleeves."...


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