Coffee? From today you wear it to go boating (and it protects you from the sun)


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Coffee? Not only do you drink it, but from today you wear it to go boating
. Strange but true: Helly Hansen has made its new LIFA Active Light baselayer collection even better and environmentally friendly with the addition of S.Café coffee grounds technology that increases sun protection to 50UPF (Ultraviolet protection factor).

By adding S.Café grounds to the LIFA fiber structure, sun protection is greatly increased. Coffee grounds are part of the LIFA filament, and thus remain in the fiber even after repeated washings. The technology is featured in the HH LIFA Active Light Short Sleeve Polo for men and the HH LIFA Active Light Short Sleeve Shirt for women for sailing.

Of course, you can experience this novelty firsthand at the TAG Heuer VELAFestival in Santa Margherita (May 2-5), where Helly Hansen awaits you with its booth along with the best brands of boating apparel.

But how is it possible for coffee to become eco-friendly filament for outdoor clothing? S.Café is produced with an innovative technology patented by the Taiwanese company Singtex together with a group of researchers. From the grounds recovered from bars and restaurants, a yarn is created that takes advantage of coffee’s natural deodorizing properties-know that of all the coffee used in the preparation of the drink, only a very small portion ends up inside the cup.

The remaining 99.8 percent, normally thrown in the trash, is recovered by S.café, which combines it with recycled polyester and turns it into a yarn ready for weaving.

The resulting fabric is very high-performance and particularly suitable for the outdoors and thus for sailing: it dries quickly (much better than cotton), absorbs odors, protects from UV rays, and provides excellent thermal insulation. It retains the same characteristics as synthetic products (waterproofness and elasticity) without burdening the environmental balance.




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