Fourth Element began in 1999 with a conversation over a post-dive beer in Sharm -El-Sheikh, Egypt. We set out to design high quality clothing with a simple, diving orientated style.
Our technical range is based around the principles of performance, innovation and function. Using the latest fabric technology in the unique combinations and designs, the Fourth Element Technical range revolutionises thermal protection to keep you diving for longer.
We are aware of the many and complex environmental issues that we face as a business. From compostable packaging to recycled swimwear and supporting various environmental charities, we believe in doing everything we can to preserve our oceans for the future.
An estimated 8 million tons of rubbish per year enters our seas. Dumped into our oceans daily, this threatens marine life, pollutes beaches and affects local tourism industries. Imagine if below the water there was no more coral reef to explore, unique plants are dying out, wildlife is scarce and, in some cases, becoming extinct.
Being ‘OceanPositive’ stems from not just what we do in the ocean but also what we do in our everyday lives. From the garments we produce to the packaging they are in and the projects that we support along the way, everything we do leads to ensuring a more sustainable business that is good for the ocean.
Originally, fourth element OceanPositive products were conceived as a result of recycled ghost nets and other discarded waste – turned into ECONYL® yarn to use in our swimwear and rashguards. We are constantly reviewing old products to add more sustainable fabrics and ensuring anything new we create is thoughtfully considered for its environmental impact.
Single-use plastic packaging just isn’t OK anymore. It pollutes our water ways, suffocating marine life and breaking down into micro plastics which enter our food chain. We are constantly on the hunt for better forms of packaging and have made a pledge to be single-use plastic free by World Oceans Day 2020.
Working with organisations such as Reef World International and the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), our enthusiastic team of wildlife lovers and keen divers regularly help with activities such as beach cleans and retrieving ghost fishing nets.