The World’s First Neoprene-Free Wetsuit

Surfers have been hooked on neoprene since the 1950s, but it’s a nonrenewable material with an energy-intensive manufacturing process. By replacing it with Yulex® natural rubber from sources that are Forest Stewardship Council® certified by the Rainforest Alliance, Patagonia is reducing CO2 emissions by up to ~80% when compared to conventional neoprene—causing less harm to the planet we love and the oceans that give us waves to ride. Pioneering the use of natural rubber in wetsuits is a story we’re proud to tell—because after six decades of neoprene dependency, it’s high time to set surfing free. The new line includes 21 wetsuits for men, women and kids. Suits range from a Lightweight R1 Long John ($169) to an R5 Hooded Full Suit, meant for the coldest of water ($529). As always, if a Patagonia wetsuit does not perform to the customer’s satisfaction, the company will take it back to repair, refund or replace – a warranty that no other wetsuit manufacturer offers. Check out more info on the world’s most eco-friendly wetsuits here:

Matt Titone

A goofy-footed graphic designer who hails from the first state, Delaware. After attending Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL then graduating from SCAD in Savannah, GA with a BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration, Matt moved to NYC and found work as a freelance designer and art director. In 2006 he moved west to Venice, CA where he co-founded ITAL/C Studio and now resides a bit further north in Oxnard.

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