Tec Hub Members Splashmaps develop new eco-friendly fabric

Hampshire-based wearable outdoor map company SplashMaps has gone above and beyond to improve the quality of its products by developing a new fabric, dubbed SplashTex™, set to launch at renowned trade fair Top Drawer in September.

SplashMaps, a member of Eastleigh Tec Hub, an incubation space for creative digital SME’s, developed the new fabric in response to problems the company previously faced with printing high resolution images onto cloth.

The fine new polyester fabric, which is created entirely from recycled plastic bottles, was developed in order to better accommodate the sharp images needed for creating detailed and versatile maps.

Previously, the company had been importing the materials for its maps all the way from China, which didn’t sit comfortably with the company’s eco-friendly ethos. Now, however, the new fabric is set to be a European product through-and- through, with the whole process, from discarded bottles, right through to the printed products, taking place a little closer to home.

Speaking about the launch, MD of SplashMaps and Dragon’s Den veteran David Overton said:

“In providing gift buyers with more ethical products we help more towards fulfilling experiences and a greater joy in sustaining our environment.”

“Our launch at Top Drawer showcases how SplashMaps places amazing new ideas on the market that inspire people to get more from the outdoors.

SplashMaps will be launching the fabric at renowned trade fair Top Drawer, which takes place on the 10th – 12th September at Olympia London. Founders Ian Holt and David Overton selling their wares at stand Q43.

You can find out more about SplashMaps at: www.splash-maps.com/

For more information on Tec Hub, visit: www.techub-eastleigh.co.uk

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