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PATAGONIA GROWS THEIR OWN

Surfers have been relying on neoprene for more than 60 years. However, it is a largely unknown fact that neoprene is a nonrenewable material created through an energy-intensive and high-polluting manufacturing process. In 2008, Patagonia started experimenting with renewable natural rubber to help reduce reliance on harmful petrochemicals.

The beautiful thing about this project that Patagonia is leading is that they are not only reducing their environmental impact, but they are also improving the quality of their wetsuits at the same time. A wetsuit that previously would have been manufactured from petroleum and harmful chemicals is now made of natural rubber without sacrificing advances in modern wetsuit technology. We are proud to introduce to you the Patagonia Yulex® Natural rubber wetsuit collection.

By choosing renewable natural rubber from hevea trees grown in the highlands of Guatemala, Patagonia is reducing CO2 emissions by up to ~80% when compared to conventional, nonrenewable neoprene—causing less harm to the planet we love and the oceans that give us waves to ride.

FSC®/Rainforest Alliance Certified. Certified to Forest Stewardship Council standards by the Rainforest Alliance, Patagonia's natural rubber sources are compliant with strict social and environmental guidelines for responsible forest management.

Testing in the lab and the water showed that the performance characteristics of Yulex natural rubber equaled or exceeded those of conventional neoprene. Once Patagonia found a sustainably harvested, FSC-certified source, Patagonia decided to go all in. Rather than introducing FSC certified rubber in just a few styles, Patagonia is using it in all of their full suits this season. Patagonia hopes to inspire other companies to shift away from using nonrenewable materials.

Recycled Fabrics. The highest possible recycled polyester content in our high-stretch exterior and interior linings lessens our use of petroleum to make virgin polyester while repurposing scrap material from the waste stream.

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