Patagonia's Wetsuits Ditch Neoprene For a More Renewable Alternative

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Aug 10, 2016
References: patagoniaworks & newatlas
Outdoor apparel and gear manufacturer Patagonia has decided to go ahead and fully embrace the use of eco-friendly natural materials in the construction of its water-focused apparel by introducing a brand new line of rubber wetsuits that do not feature any neoprene.

These rubber wetsuits rely on the incorporation of an innovative new plant polymer called Yulex, that is derived from Hevea trees in Guatemala. What's great about this particular material is the fact that it makes it possible to reduce wetsuit carbon dioxide emissions by around 80 percent.

It was long believed that there was no viable alternative to neoprene in wetsuit construction, but Patagonia's rubber wetsuits prove that it's possible to enjoy an eco-friendly wetsuit without compromising on performance and comfort in any way.