Thrown out of supernovas billions of years ago, copper became central to the rise of civilisation, creating tools and sterilising water, before enabling modern day communication, transport, and electrical power. Now, as we look for materials that offer us resistance to disease on Earth and up in space, and a base on which to build intelligent clothing, copper is set to be at the centre of innovation again.
Weight for weight, Dyneema is 15x stronger than steel. Which is why you’ll find it in body armour, anti-ballistic vehicle armour, and mooring systems for giant container ships. Today we also use it to build our Indestructible range which includes the world’s strong jacket, puffer, and hoodie.
Space makes life on Earth look easy. Temperatures range from hundreds of degrees below freezing, to hundreds of degrees above – especially if a spacecraft gets too close to The Sun. Each planet comes with a different atmosphere and gravity level. And even the stuff space is made of will attack you. You also weigh less on the Moon and Mars, so you’ll inevitably end up lugging more gear. To build the outer shell of the Mars Jacket and Pants we use a material used to protect soldiers from flying debris and shrapnel caused by bullet and artillery shell impact.
Every single second a garbage truck’s worth of clothing is dumped into landfill somewhere on Earth. So we use intercept materials on their way to the dump and turn them into new clothes. From t shirts made out of old plastic bottles, to sweaters built from mashed up old bullet proof vests and firefighter suits.
You’ll normally find carbon fibre in missiles, jet engines and the world’s fastest cars, thanks to its high tensile strength and low weight. But we’ve taken carbon fibre out of the world of aerospace and military engineering and brought it into clothing. Every Carbon Fibre T Shirt is woven with over 120 metres of carbon fibre which has an atomic structure that makes it stronger than steel.