September 21 2015
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. Spinning crab shells into clothes. Learn more after this…

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“The clothes are breathable, they are durable and fast drying,  pill resistant, and then it inhibits the growth of bacteria, which makes it odor free. Everything we use is non toxic so it is environmentally friendly as well.”
That’s Strongbody Apparel co founder Quincy Samycia. He and his Partner Megan Conyers spent years researching fabric and making a design to fit their active life style before launching it last year. The fashion forward line is designed for before and after the gym, but one other unique property is its odor crush technology.strongbody
“The magic ingredient comes from the ocean. Its crab and shrimp shells and it is a natural bio-polymer called chitosan.  When it is combined with the fabric it inhibits the growth of bacteria on the clothing and that is what makes it odor free.”
Estimates say that nearly 25 billion tons of chitin from seafood are dumped each year.
“One thing that definitely drew us in to this particular solution is that it is environmentally friendly and a by-product of the fishing industry, which all that stuff is just going to go to waste so why not find a use for it.”
Not only do the shells make the clothing odorless, but super durable. It is also safe for those who may be allergic to shellfish.
“It’s like sub-nano particles, so when you break it down it is very minute.  It’s about five hundred to seven hundred crab and shrimp shells depending on the size of the article of clothing; and that makes a few small ounces of solution, so it is highly concentrated. And then that is what is combined with the fabric.”   
From their workout shorts and leggings, to tanks and sports bras, and Quincy’s favorite piece — the pulse elite tee, it’s the chitin technology that has made the line stand out in the market of fitness gear.
“People like different, and it is one of those things where they are looking for it. Nobody just wants to go in and get just another T-shirt. They will out of convenience and price obviously, but there is a strong market for what we are doing and people are definitely looking to have a unique piece of clothing and they want a story to tell.”
The Vancouver based business also has a buy one feed one project that helps with the world food program. Their biggest goal is to be the best they can be, or as their mantra goes “Choose to be better”. To learn more about Strongbody Apparel visit www.strongbodyapparel.com
“We want to be a company that is operating in a very ethical way and doing everything we can to give back. We are a small company, but at the same time even small companies can make a difference.”
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Strongbody founders Meghan Conyers and Quincy Samycia

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods, serving Alaska’s fishing communities since 1910. On the web at  www.oceanbeauty.com  – In Kodiak, I’m Stephanie Mangini.
 

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