How a plant from Arizona is changing the face of Patagonia’s Wetsuits

A recent New York Times feature explains how Patagonia’s newest line of eco-friendly wetsuits, the Yulex, have shifted the paradigm of an industry historically dominated by a fossil fuel based neoprene industry by simply introducing the guayule plant (Parthenium argentatum) and natural rubber from hevea trees into the supply chain. The guayule plant is a hardy relative…

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PATAGONIA INTRODUCES WORLD’S FIRST WETSUITS MADE OF NATURAL RUBBER

SAY GOODBYE TO NEOPRENE! Last week, Patagonia introduced the world’s first and only neoprene-free wetsuits made with natural rubber from sources that are Forest Stewardship Council® certified by the Rainforest Alliance. And better yet, Patagonia is sharingthis groundbreaking innovation with other companies, hoping to create a shift toward cleaner and less harmful materials throughout the…

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