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Zhik's ECO wetsuits shortlisted for METS DAME Design Award 2018

by Liz Rushall 25 Oct 2018 23:09 PDT
Zhik Womens ECOFOAM Wetsuit Top © Zhik

For the third year in a row, the innovative Australian apparel brand Zhik is up for a DAME Award at METS 2018, with its new line of ECO Wetsuits.

Zhik's range of ECO friendly wetsuits, which will be unveiled to retailers at the Show, are made from ECOFOAM a non-neoprene substitute. Sourced from sustainable, plant based natural resources and recycled plastics, ECOFOAM takes away the traditional non bio-degradable oil-based neoprenes which have a high carbon footprint.

Zhik CEO Piet Poelmann comments, "Zhik is Made for water. The 'ECO' element is a logical consequence of our activities. Water is our playground, and it covers 71% of the world! Through our involvement of many 'clean water' initiatives, like the Volvo Ocean race, we know there is still a lot to do. In the last years, we started to remove plastic from our packaging, and now we introduce the ECO wetsuit. It is our way to try and help keep our playground clean."

Zhik won a DAME Award in 2016 for their Avlare® water-repelling technical tops and in 2017 with the Isotak® Ocean range with its Adaptive Hydrovision™ hood.

About Zhik:

Zhik is a dynamic Australian based apparel brand, at the forefront of innovation, pushing the boundaries in design and fabric technology for all sailors.

Founded in 2003, Zhik's range of wetsuits and dinghy gear completely changed the design approach for performance clothing and have been rapidly adopted by sailors across the globe.

Since then Zhik has taken the same 'clean sheet' approach and is pushing strongly into the yachting apparel, from coastal cruising to extreme ocean range, and also into paddling and water sports.

Tested and proven, Zhik gear is the winning choice of numerous Olympic and World champions. Zhik is the official supplier to the Australian, New Zealand, Singapore and Danish Olympic teams, as well as many renowned, top level international sailors, Extreme 40s, America's Cup and Vendee teams.

Zhik was the technical clothing partner for Team AkzoNobel and the Dongfeng Race Team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.

www.zhik.com

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