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.
THE DEVELOPPEMENT OF THE OYSTERPRENE
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 energyintensive 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.
L’éco-conception de l’Oysterprene
A SOÖRUZ INNOVATION ,SINCE 2020.
OYSTERPRENE© is used in our most flexible and efficient neoprene which are our expert and pro range (Guru+, Guru & GuruWind). 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.
GURU + MEN
GURU + WOMEN
GURU PRO MEN
GURU WIND MEN
OYSTERPRENE, the democratising since 2021.
To continue in our environmental approach in our products, we decided to democratize the Oysterprene.
Our bestsellers FIGHTER and DIVINE now contain oyster shell powder.
And from 2023, the FLY+ will also be in Oysterprene !
FLY + MEN
FLY + WOMEN
Oysterprene Y7 Megaflex:
Extremely flexible and even lighter. Extreme shoulder freedom thanks to the new Y7-Oysterprene neoprene. It is made with less limestone and replaced by our oyster powder.
During the nylon manufacturing process, we collect fresh nylon yarn waste to produce recycled nylon. This new material offers better flexibility.
The lining is made of recycled polyester, which keeps you warm and dries quickly.
Products with Soöruz Ocean Protect label
The aim of this label is to identify our most environmentally friendly products and reduce our ecological footprint.
Currently 50% of our product range carries this label. Our goal is to have 100% of our range certified with this label in the coming years.
The label will continue to evolve thanks to our commitment to be more innovative and to focus on protecting the oceans.
“you don’t feel any difference in performance.”
“it’s a sense of pride to wear these oyster powder wetsuits.”
“we’re on the verge of perfection!”
“they’ve managed to mix real eco-friendly innovation without sacrificing efficiency!”
“you don’t feel any difference from a regular suit. This innovation is really efficient”
“I have tested and rided with all models of Soöruz wetsuits for 10 years and now we are close to perfection by being Eco-responsible !!!”
Respect for this innovation
“We are proud to be part of the riders who wear these innovative wetsuits”