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Sun protective clothing against plastic waste

Enjoying the outdoors with sun protective clothing made from PET bottles

We only have one earth and one life: That's why "sun protection to wear" with UV protection made from recycled materials is a good choice to protect your skin AND nature. We design sporty UV protective clothing "Made in Europe" for active people from recycled PET bottles and completely without pesticides. Not only does this protect you from skin diseases, skin cancer and skin ageing, but with just one UV shirt you reduce the global plastic waste mountain, save around 10,000 litres of water and reduce CO² emissions by around 3 kilograms. And all this at a comparatively low price.


In harmony with nature: What would it be like to be able to give away a second life? This insane-sounding idea is the basis of iQ's "Leisure & Outdoor" sun protection collection. "We only have this one planet, which is already severely damaged in many places," explains iQ founder Markus Courtial. "Now it's a matter of collecting dead and life-killing material from the world's plastic mountains and integrating it into the circle of life." With the SecondLife® fibre, which is extracted from European plastic waste and processed into enormously resistant fabrics, the world gets a little more time to survive. One iQ sunscreen shirt is produced from about five PET bottles, reducing the waste mountain by about one kilogram. Almost 2,750 litres of water are used for one cotton shirt. To produce one iQ-UV PRO T-shirt, we only need 18 litres of water. 

Save Water, wear iQ!

PET bottles are material for robust and versatile leisurewear

How are these fabrics made from discarded plastic bottles? We have the waste collected in Europe and combined with Tencel® in France to make a high-quality basic fibre. Tencel® is softer than silk, cooler than linen and more absorbent than cotton. This makes our UV garments the perfect outdoor wear. The properties are almost limitlessly good. Wearing comfort is guaranteed by skin-friendliness, elasticity and a cooling effect (evaporative cooling). Leisure and competitive athletes swear by it: when hiking, cycling, jogging, Nordic walking, golfing, in the garden or simply taking a relaxed walk, your own movement is pleasantly accompanied and over 99 percent of UV rays are absorbed. The good conscience of using it instead of wearing resource- and energy-consuming polyester or cotton clothing goes with every step.

A life-saving side effect: the targeted collection of plastic bottles protects and improves the habitats of plants, animals and people. Awareness of waste separation is raised. And cruel images of species wiped out by plastic mountains in nature and the sea become rarer. We are doing something for this development. And you can do it too.


Reliable sunscreen protection - for your skin

Every year, around 270,000 people in Germany alone develop skin cancer. The increase in UV exposure is the main cause of this and causes lasting damage to your skin. Every time you sunbathe, skin particles are destroyed, the skin "stores" this stress and can only partially regenerate. Therefore, avoiding the UV rays that are particularly strong at midday and wearing certified UV clothing are the safest ways to protect yourself. With iQ-Company clothing, you can protect yourself and your skin optimally.

Perfect for outdoor and leisure

UV-protective clothing can do more than just protect you from the sun and keep you healthy. For all activities under the sun, you wear comfortable, breathable, ultra-light and elastic functional clothing that is also durable and machine-washable thanks to its robust manufacturing method. Summery colours and casual cuts, a cooling effect through air circulation and low-friction materials leave nothing to be desired.


Protect your skin and save money

A nice side effect of your sustainable UV clothing is the reduced need to use sunscreen. We only recommend using additional sunscreen products on the face and - depending on the garment - on the arms and legs. Tests have shown that this saves you around 10 kilograms of sunscreen over the lifetime of one of our UV shirts.

Enter a sustainable cycle now

When you buy one of our UV products, you are helping to prevent the depletion of natural resources and the reuse of existing residues. When your UV product reaches the end of its useful life, simply return it to the waste stream. There it is recycled, sorted, cleaned and returned to the cycle as a product. And this means that around 80% less CO² is emitted than with conventional nylon production from oil. Join us: we only have this one planet!

Call for plastic collection

We want to take active steps against plastic waste. Therefore, we ask all "Greensportler" to collect disposable plastic bottles everywhere in the forest and meadows, NOT to throw them into the rubbish bins provided, but to dispose of them correctly in the yellow bin at home. SecondLife® fibres are produced from this waste and returned to the cycle. Thank you!


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