The Mermaid Protector story - How it all began
The idea of neoprene free wetsuits was born in 2007 in the Maldives. That year our founder, Izabella Meyer, completed her open water, advanced and nitrox scuab diving certifications during this one holiday where she fell in love with diving.
From the very first moment she felt uncomfortable wearing neoprene.
The wetsuits were smelly, dirty, and difficult to put on and take off. On top of that, she felt like the wetsuits were designed by men without consideration for what women expect and want.
So she asked herself - why only neoprene? Are there other ways to protect divers and other water sports enthusiasts from the elements?
The truth about Neoprene
Chloroprene (known as, “Neoprene”) is the common name for the colorless type of synthetic rubber.
Neoprene can be manufactured in two ways:
First, there is oil-based neoprene, created by a vast amount of oil drilling and transportation.
Second, there is limestone-based neoprene, which requires a huge amount of water and energy to mine.
Both are non-renewable and have significant, long-term detrimental effects on the earth. As such, these wetsuits cannot be deemed environmentally friendly. Chloroprene is not “readily biodegradable” and has a low bio/geo accumulation potential.
But not only neoprene production is harmful. The fabric flakes off during use releasing microparticles that are harmful to all ocean creatures. So all water enthusiasts harm the environment they love. For Izabella, it was time for a change.
Oil-based neoprene –
Limestone-based neoprene –
Why the name Mermaid Protector?
… it's simple:
stands for femininity, what we support and represent. There's a mermaid in every woman.
our products have been specially developed to protect you from the undesirable effects of seawater, UV rays, cold, and wind.
Why not me?
A few months ago, a dive shop owner in Switzerland and user of neoprene wetsuits asked Izabella –
“Why do you think YOU can change anything in the diving industry?” She simply answered, “Why NOT me?“
Panta rhei - everything flows.
Generations of water sports enthusiasts are changing, technologies are changing, Earth’s environment is drastically changing. We can’t block new ideas or changes important to all of us and our planet because of our habits or ignorance. For all of us gathered here, the ocean's conservation is very important. This is why we all have the responsibility of counteracting the negative effects of single-use plastic, micro-plastic pollution from cosmetics, and rubber microparticles in the oceans from our neoprene wetsuits.
We have to take care of what we love!
The only solution to global ecological problems is the cooperation of global human networks.
The philosophy of Mermaid Protector is based entirely on this concept. We are part of a network that aims to lower the contamination of the ecosystem caused by the production and use of neoprene. Mermaid Protector`s concept is for anyone that cares about our environment, oceans, and nature. It doesn't matter if you are a surfer or sailor, swimmer or diver, or mermaid – we all are part of the ecosystem that we have to protect. Because we all belong to it.
Since 2018, our team and our network is growing constantly. WE all are passionate and love our jobs. Actually it is not the job. We all follow our dreams. From our CEO Ronny Roskosch to our professional distributors worldwide.
Our Core Team:
Izabella Meyer - Founder & Managing Creative Director
Ronny Roskosch - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Roman Blunder - Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Katrin Husemann - Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
Steve Johnson - International Accounts Manager (IAM)
We would like to thank everyone who believes in a neoprene free future.
The list is getting longer each day.
Whatever you think about it, life is beautiful. Life is colorful. This isn’t a black-and-white movie. This is a vibrant, full-resolution, widescreen experience. Like our fashion! Please Join our colorful #neoprenefree Mermaid Protector lifestyle!
Mermaid Protector recommends to celebrate World Environment Day every day of the year
The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is –
"Time for Nature", with a focus on providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on earth and human development.
Given the current global situation, we are making a special call for biodiversity. Biodiversity is the variety of various living organisms present on earth and their interaction and interrelationship. There are three main type of biodiversity viz. genetic, species and ecosystem or habitat biodiversity. The diversity linked to micro-organisms, different plants and animals is included in biodiversity. Bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms, bryophytes and the various plants, birds, insects, fish and humans are all fundamental part of biodiversity.
Biodiversity can occur in a very small particular area or in a very large area like the ocean.
Biodiversity for example can occur in a very small aquarium where there are few small fish or it can occur in a large oceans where huge fish like whales and sharks live with other aquatic animals.
Biodiversity is part of different ecosystems such as the desert ecosystem, the aquatic ecosystem and the terrestrial ecosystem, including the grassland ecosystem and the forest ecosystem. Biodiversity therefore can be find everywhere on earth. Biodiversity is very important for balancing our terrestrial environment and our ecosystem. The ecosystem is the interaction and interrelation between different living organisms and its non-living environment. The species can be different according to the different environments and the geological conditions. Therefore the diversity linked to the different types of ecosystems is called ecosystem biodiversity.
Importance of biodiversity
Find below the main points about the importance of biodiversity.
Food chain: There are enormous amounts of living organisms living on earth. They are helpful for making up and being part of a natural food chain which is important for balancing and maintaining our ecosystem.
Aesthetic value: Biodiversity is very useful for aesthetic value of our earth.
Provides variety of food: Several kinds of food can be obtained from different kinds of plants and animals.
Provides medical resources: Different kinds of medicines can be prepared from different kinds of plants and animals.
Productive values: Certain daily products like for example oil or leather can be obtained from different kinds of animals and plants.
Biodiversity protects the water resources and is responsible for cleaning it. Biodiversity has also improved the quality of the soil and is reducing the risk of flooding while increasing fertility, so potential crop yields.
We are currently taking tons of food from the oceans. If we don't protect these sources of food, how are we going to replace them in the future?
And what about traditional or modern medicine. Medical diversity is necessary to treat diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
So many modern medicines such as some pain relievers, heart medicines, anticancer medicines and diabetes treatments are derived from wild species. There are so many other species that have not yet been studied or discovered but could provide us with a generally important remedy or treatment. If we do not start to prevent biodiversity loss, we may never have the chance to discover and develop this potentially life-saving aid.
Loss of biodiversity increases the spread of infectious diseases. The epidemics triggered by the avian influenza, Ebola virus, malaria and corona virus have all been attributed to human impacts on destruction of biodiversity.
Loss of biodiversity
There are certain threats to biodiversity that are responsible for the extinction of species and ecosystems.
• High population rates are responsible for the loss of habitats for different types of animals as well as plants.
• Pollution including air, water and soil pollution destructs biodiversity.
• Natural calamities are directly related to the loss of biodiversity. Forest fires have an immense impact, insect infestation destroy plants and certain animal epidemics can limit biodiversity.
• The ongoing deforestation by cutting trees for the industrialization and urbanization leads to the loss of biodiversity.
• Sometimes, exotic species migrate from one ecosystem to another ecosystem and then completely dominate over certain species before they eliminate them.
• Illegal hunting is also responsible for extinction of many species of animals.
All the factors above are mainly responsible for the loss of biodiversity. But there are additional factors that are also responsible for the loss of biodiversity such as
• The spread of hostile plants from one ecosystem to another.
• Loss of habitants due to climate change or due to destructions caused by humans or other dominant species in a particular ecosystem.
• Uncontrolled use of natural resources for example to get energy.
• The destruction of water bodies, migration of species, disturbance of water flows and the changes in aquatic environments.
Human domination is the greatest danger of biodiversity. Humans take advantage of their power to consume all types of resources and by this endanger the life of other species.
Humans are also responsible for the pollution of the environment. Industrialization, deforestation, agriculture, pollution and changes in habitats are main dangers for the diversity of species.
This affects the reproduction of the species or kills directly due to various diseases formed by the pollution done by the humans.
Humans are responsible for the migration of certain species from one ecosystem to another, and the loss of species from local ecosystems as a result.
Monocultural farming is one of the main reasons for the extinction of plant species.
CO2 emissions from various industries are responsible for global warming and the disruption of species biodiversity.
Biodiversity conservation is very important for the sustainability of a healthier earth by preserving and protecting species, ecosystem, and natural resources.
Main objectives of biodiversity conservation
• Protect and maintain important ecosystems from destruction by preserving natural resources, maintaining the crucial ecosystem process, minimizing use, optimizing consumption, avoiding waste and maintaining aids and survival systems.
• Since humans are part of the biodiversity of the ecosystem, it is ethical to conserve biodiversity.
• Protect and preserve plants and animal species from extinction.
• Promote the development of rar species, ensure the exploration of new species and their importance as well as the importance of their ecosystem for sustainable biodiversity.
• Maintain the aesthetics of the Earth.
Since humans are the main consumers of resources, the conservation of biodiversity requires economic and scientific knowledge.
EVERY DAY YOU CAN TAKE PART IN BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION.
What we at Mermaid Protector do for biodiversity conservation?
Our watersport and outdoor fashion is made from recycled polyester. Recycled polyester is NOT virgin polyester but a sustainable alternative to it.
Unlike polyester, recycled polyester uses PET as the raw material. This is the same material that is used in clear plastic water bottles. Recycling PET bottles to create the fabric prevents the bottles from going to landfill. The process of converting PET into recycled polyester requires less energy than the production of normal polyester. In fact it takes 33% - 53% less energy.
There are two main advantages to this process:
• Using more recycled polyester reduces our dependence on petroleum as the raw material for our fabric needs.
• Diverting PET bottles for this process reduces landfill, and thus less soil contamination, air and water pollution.
Another benefit is that the garments created from recycled polyester can be recycled again and again with no degradation of quality, allowing us to minimize wastage. This means garment manufacture could potentially become a closed loop system, polyester could forever be reused and recycled.
If we were to compare this fiber against natural fibers like cotton, it may still be plastic, but it also has its advantages. We all love cotton, but unless it is organic cotton, we cannot forget the environmental impact of pesticides, chemicals and fertilizers that go into manufacturing the crop. Recycled polyester doesn't require agricultural land, nor does it consume gallons of water like cotton does.
Compare it with silk, and you have to agree that no living creatures are harmed during its manufacturing process, making it a more ethical option.
Both of these fabrics only have a limited life span; they cannot be reused in the same way as polyester and even though they do eventually breakdown it can still take years to decompose.
Textile recycling technology has immense scope where polyester is concerned. Closed loop manufacturing processes are being adopted by more and more manufacturers today, who refine old polyester into new raw material for garments.
This technology has nominal waste, consumes limited energy and causes very little pollution. In short, it is environment-friendly.
Polyester can also be a really quality fabric, breathable, lightweight, hardwearing. The vision we have of "bad quality" polyester is a very outdated one.
• We don't use plastic bags
• Our fabrics are 100% vegan
• We are part of a recycling loop
• Our fashion is multifunctional = less waste
As consumers you have so much power to change the world by just being careful in what you buy. Realize the political power of your money and spend it with the brands you know are treating their workers and the environment in the best possible way.
Take part in #neoprenefree #vegan #toxicfree #mermaidprotector #lifestyle and help to #protectlife and in #biodiversityconservation. #worldenvironmentday
The global pandemic is forcing us to take unusual practices and requires rules to protect against infection.
Protective masks, gloves and disinfectants are urgently needed in large quantities all over the planet. In many places, high demands lead to delivery bottlenecks and waiting times.
We know that the availability of these hygiene products is not sufficient. However, we also know that the large number of products required is already causing considerable additional pollution to the environment. Masks and gloves can be found on the streets and the wind carries them into the sea. There they are extremely dangerous to marine life. Proper recycling of such products is difficult, especially if there are chemical additives in supposedly environmentally compatible products such as latex gloves that make recycling difficult or even impossible.
Experts from the Marine Institute at the University of Plymouth agree that a plastic product must be observed from its creation to its end, whether it is a PET bottle or a mask. Unfortunately, the circumstances surrounding this pandemic mean that this observation cannot be guaranteed. What protects people from the virus inevitably becomes a stake for the environment and for animals.
The seas, which have been badly affected by the (micro) plastic flood, are additionally burdened. Every day we see pictures of washed up masks and gloves or of animals with bellies full of plastic who suffer in agony. We have to put an end to this and focus more on sustainable products in order to better protect the sensitive ecosystems.
At Mermaid Protector, even before Covid-19, we focused on sustainable fabric production and closed cycles in the garment manufacturing. The current situation proves us right and makes rethinking more necessary than ever. We want to actively shape this rethinking by creating sustainable products. Products that are made from recycled materials and that become recycled at the end of their life cycle again. The WHO believes that washing your hands regularly offers greater protection against infection than wearing rubber gloves. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention declares that washable and reusable masks also provide the necessary protection.
We take this as a reason to expand our product portfolio with a selection of sustainable, reusable FaceWear from now on.
The fashion accessories in the usual known bright colors can now be ordered in our store. They are made from recycled ocean plastic and can in turn be 100% recycled again. Anyone who buys a piece from our OK FaceWear series can wash it after wearing at 60 ° C and use it again. Despite the changed circumstances, our FaceWear enables a sustainable handling of our environment.
The more people decide on reusable products and against single use, the more successful we can be together in the fight against global pollution.
First off, the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting all of us very hard. Everyone at Mermaid Protector is working at full capacity, and we are 100% committed to supporting you, our fans and friends and the Watersport Industry during this difficult, uncertain time.
The situation differs country-to-country, city-to-city at the moment, so we keep our key goals simple:
We will remain transparent with up-to-date information around our business.
We will do our part to keep the watersports and outdoor ecosystem running and resume production and shipping activities as soon as possible to guarantee for your orders.
We want to learn from you, to better understand how we can be there for you and your concerns. Please stay in contact and let us know your thoughts and sorrows.
>> WE ARE CONFIDENT WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER –