Yulex®: From Seed to Suit in Patagonia Wetsuits

    Wetsuits made with Yulex® biorubber look and feel just like regular suits, and they let you surf just as well as you always have. After 4.5 years of development and testing we’re introducing wetsuits made from guayule (why-YOO-lee), a sustainable plant grown here at home in the United States. Guayule is a renewable non-food crop that uses no pesticides and requires very little water. The plant-based process used to produce guayule rubber is much less toxic than the chemically intensive manufacturing process required to make traditional neoprene. This is a decision that will help shape the direction of an entire industry.

    We are releasing this proprietary, game-changing material to the rest of the wetsuit industry. Some people think we’re crazy, but there’s really no other way to go about it. It is our hope that a wider use of this material will allow every manufacturer to play a major part in decreasing the amount of non-renewable, non-biodegradable wetsuit waste that ends up in landfills.

    For more information, go to yulex.com/science

About fcd

Almost 25 years after Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard began hammering pitons, Fletcher, Yvon’s son, started Point Blanks (now FCD Surfboards) in a shack next door to the original Iron Works. Like father like son: Fletcher and Point Blanks proceeded to lay-up and destroy hundreds of fiberglass/ foam panels until they found a better, stronger and lighter way to build boards. And, with a group of freethinking surfers and shapers, designed higher-performance boards using the new technology.
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One Response to Yulex®: From Seed to Suit in Patagonia Wetsuits

  1. matt. says:

    Great job! You guys are legends!!! YEEEEWWWWWWWWWW!!!!

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