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Fourth Element Launches Dive Gear Made From Recycled Hospital Protective Gear

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Fourth Element has partnered with recycling and repurposing experts, Waterhaul, to turn the single-use plastics used as personal protective equipment (PPE) into useable tools for scuba diving.

The new cave line markers are the first of what Fourth Element hopes will be a range of many different products created from the gear previously used by health care workers. Each individual marker re-uses the equivalent of two disposable masks. The used PPE is made safe by multiple high-temperature heat-treatments during the manufacturing process.

An estimated 58 million single-use plastic face masks are thrown away every day in just the UK alone, littering landfills and polluting the environment. Globally, the figure rises to 129billion per month, with a reported 1.5 billion of those entering the ocean over the last 12 months.

Part of Fourth Element's Zero Waste and Zero Plastic initiatives is to re-purpose as much plastic as possible and find new uses for products at the end of their lives.

'We believe that this is the way,' said Jim Standing, co-founder of Fourth Element. 'We are all going to have to tackle the challenges of a post-covid world and one of these will be how we deal with the waste we have created as part of keeping ourselves and in particular, our frontline workers protected. We intend to play our part.'

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