Made in a Fair Trade Certified™ facility, Patagonia's stretchy, neoprene-free Yulex™ wetsuits are 85% natural rubber/15% synthetic rubber by polymer content. Replacing a petroleum-based material with a plant-based one, they offer the same warmth and performance attributes as conventional stretch neoprene while reducing CO2 emissions by up to ~80% in the manufacturing process. Derived from sources that are Forest Stewardship Council® certified by the Rainforest Alliance, Patagonia blend the natural rubber with chlorine-free synthetic rubber to increase ozone- and UV-resistance and meet their rigorous standards for strength, stretch and durability.
Patterned for maximum flexibility and an improved fit, the superlight R1® Lite Yulex™ Front-Zip Full Suit is 2mm with a high-stretch, fast-drying 100% recycled polyester lining, the face fabric is 88% recycled polyester/12% spandex. The face fabric and lining are now solution dyed—saving 100 liters of water per suit compared to conventional dyeing—and are laminated with water-based AquaA™ glue that’s free from harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The suit’s floating front-zip entry features a corrosion-proof zipper and asymmetrical flap for better seal, stretch and range of motion through the chest and shoulders, the Salmi® zipper is fully replaceable to extend the suit’s lifespan. All seams are triple glued, blindstitched and internally taped. Easy-access key loop included. Suggested water temperatures: 65–75° F/18–23° C.
Since 1985, Patagonia has pledged 1% of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. 1% for the Planet is an alliance of businesses that understand the necessity of protecting the natural environment. They understand that profit and loss are directly linked to its health, and are concerned with the social and environmental impacts of industry.
Patagonia's mission statement is to "build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis." Clear as day! They work hard to produce innovative, high-quality, simple and utile apparel that help explorers and outdoor enthusiasts achieve their dreams.