Plant-Based Latex Makes Eco-Wetsuits

By: Ann Northrup

Ann Northrup spent her undergraduate years at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology….

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Traditional fossil fuel-based neoprene production bears a heavy carbon footprint and is counter to the vision of the earth-friendly company, Patagonia. Together with the company Yulex, Patagonia will be offering wetsuits made from 60 percent guayule latex with the plan to eventually use 100 percent plant-based materials. Guayule is a non-food plant in the family Asteraceae, grown in arid regions of the United States without pesticides.

Rubbernews.com, November 2012