Body Glove to Launch Eco-Friendly Footwear Line
Redondo Beach, CA (July 24, 2013) – Body Glove’s footwear division announces its partnership with PLUS Foam Compound Technologies for their 2014 Collection. Looking to eliminate an extraordinary amount of post-manufacturing waste that is typically associated with the footwear manufacturing process, Body Glove Footwear, CEO John Chenciner was exploring ways to manufacture with a Zero Carbon Footprint. While looking at carbon offset programs it became more important to explore responsible manufacturing programs that were better for the environment and still produced high quality performance based products. Body Glove’s collaboration with PLUS Foam will be introduced at this summer’s Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Body Glove will release the Eco Zero Line with two styles, Eco Zero Curve and Flex. Key features on the sandal are an Ultra Comfort Non-Microbial footbed with a Hydrophobic Flex outsole. Both will be made of performance based Plus foam and will be 100% recyclable.
Body Glove’s Eco Zero Line will be available at major sporting goods stores along with independent retailers nationwide and will focus on in-store education encouraging consumers to recycle by offering discount programs on future purchases for those who recycle through PLUS Foam’s global reclaim facilities. “It is important to not only engage in more environmental manufacturing practices but also to educate the consumers and promote more environmentally friendly purchasing practices” stated Body Glove Footwear’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Eli McGinty.
About Body Glove:
Founded in 1953, Body Glove is a leading, worldwide water sports brand specializing in wetsuits, swimwear, clothing, footwear, accessories, and technology accessories. The company sponsors one of the most respected surf and wakeboard teams in the industry with such powerhouse names as pro surfers Jamie O’Brien, Cheyne Magnusson, Anthony Walsh, Alex Gray,Holly Beck and Guinness World Record Holder Garrett McNamara and wake boarders Rusty Malinoski, Harley Clifford, Bob Soven and Jeff McKee. Body Glove and Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society have formed a legendary alliance to help preserve and protect the ocean while providing ocean and diving geared equipment to water enthusiasts around the globe. Some of the proceeds from the sale of those products go directly to Ocean Futures Society. Through Reef Check, SIMA’s environmental fund, and the Surfrider Foundation, Body Glove also works to preserve the purity of the waters it loves. Body Glove products are sold in the U.S. by a network of independent retailers. Body Glove is also sold in approximately 50 countries internationally.
About PLUS Compound Technologies, LLC.
PLUS Compound Technologies is committed to “saving the planet, one product at a time”. Using its proprietary, 100% RECYCLABLE compound, PLUS makes products for manufacturers of branded consumer goods. PLUS compounds often outperform the materials they are intended to replace such as traditional foams, rubber and plastics. PLUS operates reclaim facilities in the US and Asia where consumers can return any products made with PLUS components. Details about the PLUS post-consumer reclaim program can be found at www.PLUSfoam.com/recycle.