Soöruz has won the €5,000 Innovator Of The Year prize from EuroSima and Outdoor Sports Valley (OSV), chiefly for its its Bioprene and Oysterprene wetsuits. Soöruz beat 12 other companies before a jury of EuroSima representatives, OSV cluster partners, and innovation and sustainability experts. Founded in 1999 by Yann Dalibot in La Rochelle, France, Soöruz refocused on the ecological effects of manufacturing neoprene wetsuits and technical gear in 2013, after developing its Yulex model with Patagonia. Since then it has striven to limit its use of mineral- and oil-based materials and created the Soöruz Ocean Protect label, which sets production criteria for the use of materials, chemicals and water, waste recycling and other matters. The company’s Oysterprene substitutes oyster shells for mined limestone, whereas its Bioprene combines oyster limestone, tree rubber, waste from organic sugar cane and non-edible grains. The brand also collects used wetsuits for recycling into neoprene grain, for padding. It hopes to be collecting 20,000 wetsuits annually by 2021 and double that by 2022.