As part of the development of the Soöruz Ocean Protect label, our R&D department worked with its suppliers for 2 years to recycle oyster shells in the design of its suits.
Aware of the environmental impact of neoprene, for over a decade of years Soöruz is looking to reduce its environmental footprint by developing new materials from renewable and/or recyclable material. Soöruz wetsuits with bamboo and polyester recycled (2013), Yulex (2013) and Naturalprene (2016) have been major innovations. They comforted us with the possibility of making more sustainable wetsuits with higher performance. Many wetsuits spotlight on an eco-friendlier material: the limestone, is a type of fossil coming from quarry. It limits the use of petrochemical materials, but it requires a very energy- intensive and nonrenewable extraction process. In 2018, we carried out the first oyster shell crushing tests in France (in La Rochelle). Our search results enabled us to create 2 new materials : the BIÖPRENE mainly biobased (from a mix of oyster powder, natural rubber, sugar cane, none food vegetable oil) present in our new Greenline range (available from march 2020) and the OYSTERPRENE©, available from July 2020.
OYSTERPRENE© is used in our most flexible and efficient neoprene which are our expert and pro range (Guru, Abyss & Firehead). The process consists in replacing the limestone by a natural, recycled and renewable product made from grinding of oyster shells. This solution allows us not to loose any of the wetsuits technical efficiency. While helping to improve our environmental footprint without additionnal cost to the customer. We are pleased to make this innovation available for big market players, and proud to know that a major will rely on our technology from winter 2020.