Garmin unveils the Descent G1 Solar – Ocean Edition dive computer, its first-ever product made with recycled ocean-bound plastics

All-in-one dive computer and smartwatch is powered by the sun and includes parts made from recycled plastics that were once destined for the ocean.

Australasia – November 14, 2023/PR Newswire – Garmin, today announced the Descent™ G1 Solar – Ocean Edition, a rugged watch-style dive computer with features for both underwater and topside adventures. Designed with environmental responsibility in mind, 100 percent of the plastic used to make the watch’s housing, bezel and buttons come from recycled ocean-bound plastics. In addition to its eco-friendly construction, Descent G1 Solar – Ocean Edition features a solar charging lens that lets divers explore longer with up to 25 hours of battery life in dive mode and up to 124 days in smartwatch mode when solar charging1. Eliminating the need for a separate dive computer and smartwatch, the Ocean Edition includes Garmin’s popular dive features to help users make the most of their diving experience – plus multisport and smart features for an active lifestyle out of the water.
“We are proud to unveil our first-ever product with parts made from recycled ocean-bound plastics. With the Descent G1 Solar – Ocean Edition, we’re taking materials that were once at risk of harming the ocean habitat and turning them into parts to help create an eco-friendly dive computer that’s made to explore it.” –Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales
Making an impact through design
The idea for the Descent G1 Solar – Ocean Edition started as a brainstorming session between Garmin associates.
“Our associates spend a lot of time pursuing their passions – fishing, diving, surfing and more – in oceans around the world. Some also dedicate their personal time to cleaning up areas around the water and in doing so, started to think of ways to repurpose the plastic materials that are often bound for the ocean. After a lot of conceptualising and researching, the idea became clear: a watch made for exploring oceans that uses recycled materials once destined to end up in it.” –Susan Lyman, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Marketing
Once ocean-bound plastic is collected around bodies of water, it is sorted, cleaned and dried. The plastic is then melted into a pelletised resin before being reinforced with glass fiber and sent off to be coloured. From here, the material is molded to create the shape of the watch housing, bezel and buttons—then incorporated in a rugged, eco-friendly dive computer designed to help users dive confidently.
Learn more about the creation of the Descent G1 Solar – Ocean Edition here.
For your explorations above and below the water
Incorporating all the popular features on the original Descent G1 Solar, the new Ocean Edition eliminates the need for divers to have both a dive computer and a smartwatch with features made for life on land or underwater.