Ethically sourced, responsibly made.
All swimwear fabric in our bikinis, one pieces, and board shorts is made from recycled fabrics that contain recycled materials such as plastic bottles. This material is eco-friendly and chlorine resistant.
Used in our surf suit, Yulex is a neoprene material made from natural rubber harvested from rubber trees. The rubber is derived from sources that are Forest Stewardship Council certified by the Rainforest Alliance, and the rubber is chlorine-free.
Yulex neoprene generates less CO2 during manufacturing compared to synthetic neoprene, but it has nearly identical physical performance in terms of tensile strength, tear strength, and elasticity. The material is then laminated with recycled nylon fabric.
Used in our OG surf suit, limestone neoprene has a high micro-cell structure. These are independent closed cells (bubbles basically) within the neoprene that are packed together at an extremely high density. Oil-based neoprene has a cell penetration of 60-70%, whereas limestone neoprene has a 94% cell penetration. What this means in simple terms is that limestone neoprene has a lot more air bubbles inside the rubber than other brands (over 30% to be exact), and is way less dense than oil-based neoprene.
Because of this micro-cell structure, limestone neoprene provides several serious distinct advantages to the functionality of wetsuits compared to the traditional oil-based neoprene:
- It is more impermeable
- It is lighter in weight
- It is warmer
- It is more durable
- It is stretchy
What contributes to limestone neoprene being more 'green' depends on its use of more sustainable and less toxic resources during production, and the longer its useful life span is (ie the longer it will stay out of landfill). Limestone neoprene is arguably more eco-friendly than petro-chemical neoprene but there's a long way to go before a wetsuit and its production can be truly green.