"Blue" dive gear for Earth Day
It’s almost Earth Day! Which scuba manufacturers are doing their best to protect our ocean planet?
One of the ways Blue Planet incorporates conservation into our mission is to consciously support companies that are trying their best too. See below for some that we have featured:
It’s not pretty, but somebody’s got to do it! The women and men at 4Ocean are cleaning the coasts and oceans of all sorts of debris every day. The most prevalent trash? All sorts of single-use plastics that we consume at a rapid rate! Since plastic will never naturally degrade in our ecosystems (just break down into smaller and smaller pieces), it is extremely important to remove larger pieces before they get too small to be seen.
What: Some of the material that is collected by 4Ocean gets turned into cool bracelets! Purchasing one supports funding for the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and therefore also the efforts of 4Ocean. Pick up one today at Blue Planet and show everyone that you care about marine debris!
Just Add Water Solutions has been providing environmentally-friendly solutions for water sports since 2005. Their formulas are non-toxic and biodegradable, and they work! As divers, we use JAWS products for everything from mask scrub and defog to wetsuit and BCD cleaner.
What: Take your defog and gear cleaning solutions to the next level! They even offer options that create less foam while cleaning, leading to less overall water usage!
Finally! We have been waiting years for a sunscreen that does not harm the ocean creatures we are trying to see! Sometimes divers must take matters into their own hands and create solutions. This is the case with Stream2Sea. As a cosmetic chemist and diver, Autumn Blum devised a way around the harmful chemicals that are usually the go-to for sunscreen manufacturers. Instead of using a traditional nano-sized titanium dioxide, she uses a non-nano sized titanium dioxide molecule that does not penetrate the cells on invertebrates.
What: The Steam2Sea line includes sunscreens, shampoo and body wash, leave-in conditioner, lip balm, body lotion and sting-relief gel. A full line of products that can be used without feeling guilty!
Creating quality products that have a limited impact on the environment is a common goal for many manufacturers. Fourth Element has taken this a step further – having a positive impact rather than just a reduced impact. Their OceanPositive line of products incorporates material created from reclaimed nylon ghost fishing nets pulled from the ocean. This is the first part of their Mission 2020 goal to eliminate all single-use plastic from their product packaging and developing more products made from recycled materials.
What: We are extremely excited to carry Fourth Element products! Their OceanPositive line includes swimwear, rashguards and Thermocline wetsuits and pieces. They also offer a full line of drysuits, undergarments, luggage and clothes.