Patagonia has partnered with eco-friendly biomaterial firm Yulex to create the first plant-based wetsuit. The natural rubber is made from the guayule plant and uses water as a solvent where ”Traditional rubber plants and synthetic rubber production both use environmentally harmful solvents and create a vast amount of non-biodegradable byproducts”. They’re now sharing their findings with all of the other major wetsuit producers in the hopes of having the largest environmental impact.
I found this chick in an American surf magazine. Marama Kake is a surfer from NZ who’s surfing naked and using her body as a billboard for creating environmental awareness and to encourage sustainable surfing practices. When you’re surfing everyday you’re constantly aware of the wind direction, the tides and the temperature. Surfers rely on the environment and therefore feel a huge connection to it, yet the boards are made of non biodegradable materials, as are the wetsuits ,togs, wax, sunscreen… To keep up to date with what Marama’s achieving follow Project 13 on Facebook here