Synthetic rubber production continues to be a major health hazard for the planet and for humans. The chemical chloroprene is a main ingredient in neoprene, a material found in most wetsuits and other consumer products. DuPont opened a chloroprene plant in St. John the Baptist Parish in Louisiana in 1969 and Denka bought the plant from DuPont in 2015. This is the only neoprene manufacturer in the U.S., and, according to the EPA, communities living in the five census tracts of land around the plant have the highest cancer risk in the country. In one tract, —the cancer risk to the community is more than 50 times the national average. This area is known as “cancer alley”.
Foam materials made from Yulex Pure do not contain chloroprene or other cancer causing agents. We remain committed to being the best stewards of the environment we can be.