Neoprene, by nature of its high-energy production, is one of the most environmentally unfriendly materials produced. Traditionally, all neoprene foams are petroleum or limestone based. Energy-intensive and non-renewable synthetic rubber is a significant contributor to climate change.
Yulex has created the world’s first plant-based neoprene replacement, Yulex Pure, with a dramatically reduced carbon footprint to provide an environmentally-responsible alternative to traditionally produced neoprene.
To change the industry, we looked to partner with change- makers like Patagonia, which after years of technical development, resulted in a closed cell foam (made with Yulex Pure natural rubber) which became the first real replacement for the commonly used petroleum-based neoprene. The industry gold-standard for the first neoprene-free wetsuit is co-branded the Patagonia / Yulex wetsuit.
Today, Yulex is totally dedicated to continuing its development of sustainably produced high performance foams for many new engineered applications while expanding global capacity to supply the increasing demand for biobased replacements for petroleum based foams such as neoprene and polyurethane.