New South Wales company Zhik have made it three for three at the Mets DAME awards with three podium finishes in three years.
The high performing, environmentally friendly Zhik Eco Wetuits achieved a Special Mention at the awards evening this week during day one of METS in Amsterdam.
Zhik ECO Wetsuits are made from a 2mm 100% neoprene-free ECOFOAM, which uses sustainable, natural plant-based materials and recycled plastic fabrics. Manufacturing ECOFOAM produces far less toxic CO2 emissions than conventional, non-renewable neoprene fabrics, causing less harm to the planet.
YachtsandYachting.com writes that the ECO Wetsuit is an environmental step forwards for all dinghy sailors and watersports lovers. Since establishing its credentials with Olympic sailors for the 2000 Bejing Games, Zhik has consistently changed the face of sailing clothing with its design-led approach to innovation.
The new technical range of Zhik ECO Wetsuits now perform to a high ecological standards, with strong environmentally friendly credentials compared with traditional non-biodegradable, oil-based neoprenes.
Zhik's CEO, Piet Poelmann comments, "We are absolutely thrilled to receive this recognition by the DAME Awards for the third consecutive time. Zhik's ethos is summarised in our tagline #MadeForWater. Water is our playground, and it covers 71% of the world! Through our involvement of many 'clean water' initiatives, like the recent Volvo Ocean race, we know there is much to do. Already, we have started to remove plastics from our packaging. Now launching the ECO Wetsuit, it is our way to try and help keep our playground clean."
An average of 32 plastic bottles are recycled and used in each Skiff suit, and 16 plastic bottles for each top, to create the outer fabric and inner fleece lining fabrics. Zhik have opted to use 100% recycled polyester content in its fabrics to lessen the use of petroleum and 'virgin' polyesters. A natural emulsion is used to remove all impurities and create a strong, stretchy, non-sensitizing material.