Behind the Brand: Five Ocean Loving Entrepreneurs


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PADI believes within the monumental energy that every of us has to positively impression out blue planet – and with each buy we make, we’re voting for the world we would like. That’s why we love manufacturers that allow us to decide on merchandise that reduce our influence on the setting. Right here’s a ‘behind the model’ take a look at 5 eco-conscious and progressive manufacturers, straight from the ocean-loving entrepreneurs that began them.


Tom Cotter – Founder & CEO of Rash’R

What does the ocean imply to you?

Freedom. Anytime I’m on the water I really feel utterly free. Free from work, duties, and know-how. It doesn’t occur as a lot anymore however whether or not it’s diving, windsurfing, or swimming – it’s simply you and the ocean. 

Inform us concerning the second you knew you needed to type Rash’R? 

The thought to start out the world’s first sustainable rash vest firm got here once we have been browsing in Cork, Eire however it wasn’t till I attended a commerce present in Germany that I used to be educated on how dangerous the style business was to our planet. It was at that time that we determined to make all our merchandise from sustainable supplies.

What issues are you most pleased with attaining with Rash’R?

I’m proud to look again at how far we’ve come. We began with an concept on a street journey and once we launched I stayed up till 2am packing our vests in pizza bins ( did I point out our vests are available pizza packing containers) and we labored in a shared workplace area. Final yr we took on our first two staff, and by the top of 2020 we'll hopefully have a staff of fifteen.

What’s subsequent for Rash’R?

This yr began so nicely. I feel everybody thought that 2020 was going to be a great yr, however then you could have a worldwide set again that's utterly out of your management. We had massive plans to launch our new vary of moral clothes by the top of 2020 however considerably switched our efforts to creating eco pleasant washable face masks for organizations and communities that want them. Because the world re-opens, we’re persevering with to work with our companions and to seek out new and artistic methods to enhance the style business, together with opening a restore/recycling centre for our merchandise.

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Autumn Blum – Formulator & CEO of Stream2Sea

Describe your relationship with the ocean.

I studied chemistry in school as a result of it's the central science – all issues are chemistry. My draw to the ocean is identical – we're all of the ocean. With out her, there can be no life. She is my serenity, my peace.

Inform us concerning the second you knew you needed to type Stream2Sea?

I used to be diving in Palau once I first observed an oil slick coming off a gaggle of snorkelers. I felt a pit in my abdomen once I realized it was from all of the sunscreen that they had utilized. Once I obtained again on the boat, I observed the aromatic suds operating overboard from the bathe. At the moment, I didn’t understand how poisonous sunscreen could possibly be, however I did know that shampoos and conditioners might be actually dangerous. I additionally knew we might do higher, and had my enterprise draft created by the point I received house.  

What issues are you most pleased with attaining with Stream2Sea?

Once I first began Stream2Sea, only a few individuals even considered what they placed on their our bodies earlier than they jumped into the ocean. I'm so pleased with my workforce for serving to to teach our business. I’m additionally tremendous proud to have the one mineral sunscreen on the earth that’s been examined and confirmed protected for fish and coral larvae. We additionally lately handed the distinguished Shield Land + Sea certification that ensures our sunscreen is free from 13 widespread chemical compounds recognized to hurt reefs.  

What’s subsequent for Stream2Sea?

Due to COVID, we needed to shift our manufacturing to necessities and launched our eco-safe hand sanitizer.  This has fueled my ardour to now create cleansing and sanitizing merchandise that aren't solely efficient, however safer for us and our planet.

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Trieu Huynh – Founder & Director of Trshbg

Describe your relationship with the ocean.

I'm initially a surfer, however now additionally a diver. I've deep respect for the ocean, as a result of its waves are so extremely robust, its complexity is past our comprehension, and it's lovely. It makes me really feel humble and a part of a much bigger universe. The ocean takes care of us, we deal with the ocean. To me, the deal is that straightforward. And that makes me tremendous completely happy.

Inform us concerning the second you knew you needed to type Trshbg?

I used to be in Bali at my day by day surf seashore once I noticed an enormous trash island floating by, 200 yards from the seashore, with trash spreading everywhere in the break. It was the dimensions of half a soccer subject – a horrible and scary sight. I needed to gather the litter within the water, however there was nothing to make use of. Afterwards, I used to be looking the web for one thing to put on in the course of the surf so I can paddle, catch trash, and nonetheless catch waves. However once more, there was nothing. As a designer, I made a fast sketch, and went to a bag making pal in Bali. Collectively we prototyped the primary model, then examined it in surf periods to improved it in very brief iterations. After sharing a video concerning the product, surprisingly, divers have been most excited concerning the product and that's how we ended up serving the diving group!

What issues are you most pleased with attaining with Trshbg?

The collaboration with PADI! From very early on, we noticed that we would have liked PADI’s experience and ideas on our wearable trash bag. And we're extraordinarily glad to be a part of the PADI Gear dive necessities. 

What’s subsequent for Trshbg?

That is just the start. We began this a bit of over a yr in the past. We'll proceed to make each diver an ocean cleaner. We're additionally going to scale as much as serve extra ocean athletes in serving to to remedy the planet.

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Derek Redd – Founding father of Gili Gear

What does the ocean imply to you? 

Life, Peace, Power, Reminiscences, Connection, Conservation, and our Future.

Inform us concerning the second you knew you needed to type Gili?

It was in the direction of the top of a niche yr diving round Southeast Asia on the island of Gili Air. I had gone by way of three dive luggage in six months.

What issues are you most pleased with attaining with Gili?

Natural progress on account of being a enterprise specializing in function over revenue.

Our group of divers is listening… What key message do you need to share?

There are sustainable choices on the market, so please select them.

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Patrick Clarke – Founding father of Cape Clasp

Describe your relationship with the ocean. What does it imply to you?

We stay on Cape Cod, a peninsula that stretches almost forty miles into the open ocean. For so long as I can keep in mind, this place has been residence. All of my greatest reminiscences are right here and start or finish on the seashore. For me, the ocean is an countless supply for inspiration, power, and peace. 

Inform us concerning the second you knew you needed to type Cape Clasp?

Earlier than Cape Clasp, I beloved to deliver pals right down to Cape Cod and share all of my favourite locations and actions with them. One among these buddies launched me to Instagram and I began sharing these adventures on my web page. I might cover geocaches for individuals to seek out in my favourite spots, encouraging others to get outdoors and discover. Ultimately, I needed to create a souvenir to cover in these geocaches, first making a rope bracelet formed like Cape Cod. I started to obtain inquiries from my followers about buying these bracelets and that is the place I noticed the enterprise potential across the concept. I developed a non-profit partnership mannequin with the Cape Cod Nationwide Seashore, constructed an internet site, and referred to as the model Cape Clasp.

What issues are you most pleased with attaining with Cape Clasp?

Donating over $100,000 to marine life non-profits, constructing a sustainable, local weather impartial provide chain utilizing recycled ocean plastic, and bringing jobs to my area people. 

What recommendation would you give somebody who needs to mix their vocation & their ardour?

You solely have one life, so make it yours! Discover what you like to do and pursue it relentlessly – cease treading water and begin making waves.

Check out Cape Clasp on PADI Gear

Impressed by these ocean-loving entrepreneur’s tales? By selecting to buy merchandise from manufacturers (and founders) that deeply care concerning the well being of our blue planet, you’re supporting small enterprise which are turning ardour into objective. Right here’s how one can be a part of the answer:

– Store merchandise from these ocean-focused manufacturers on PADI Gear.

– Share your favourite eco-conscious PADI Gear merchandise and types with family and friends on social media.

– Be a part of our international group of Torchbearers as we Seek Adventure and Save the Ocean.


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