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Our Favourite Eco Wetsuit Brands

At Wetsuit Outlet, everything we do comes back to the ocean. Without it, our business wouldn't exist.

That’s why we are super excited to stock brands that have been swapping out their harmful materials and processes to make wetsuits that have less of an impact on the planet. From neoprene free wetsuits to dope-dyed yarn, development in eco-tech is really taking off. So, we caught up with Jemma, our Wetsuit Buyer, to find out which brands have been doing what when it comes to wetsuit eco-technology.

Billabong

Now, every Billabong wetsuit is made from recycled laminates, saving millions of plastic bottles from landfills and our oceans. Billabong's Natural Furnace Wetsuit has taken it to the next level and is 100% neoprene free and 100% recyclable. Amazingly, this biodegradable wetsuit has a durability that's made to last. But, made to last does not have to mean here forever. So, when you're done with your wetsuit, the CiCLO fibres will eventually break down and disappear.

Rip Curl

Rip Curl’s goal is to encourage a more sustainable lifestyle that will help restore the planet. Rip Curl have been working towards this goal with various projects from simple beach cleans, to donating $121,000 USD towards protecting the New Caledonia reef. Rips Curl’s new Dawn Patrol Performance Eco Wetsuit Range is made with sustainability in mind. 100% neoprene free, this wetsuit is made from bio-based foam which is constructed using renewable resources including sugar cane, oyster shells and rubber trees.

Quiksilver

Over the past 20 years, Quiksilver have been making changes and running projects with the aim to become more sustainable. For example, they have used over 200 million recycled plastic bottles to create their products. Recently they launched the M-sessions wetsuits and Everyday Sessions wetsuits which produces 24% less CO2 emissions than their other wetsuits. The M-sessions wetsuit incorporates WarmFlight technology which is made from recycled PET bottles and the neoprene used is limestone-derivated made from scrap rubber tyres.

Xcel

From greener product technologies to cleaner operations, XCEL constantly strives to minimise their environmental impact. Every XCEL wetsuit uses dope-dyed yarn that saves tremendous amounts of water while reducing energy consumption and water pollution. On top of that, they’ve also replaced the carbon black, a key ingredient of neoprene, with scrap rubber tyres that reduces CO2 emission by 200g per wetsuit. The neoprene is made using their recycled production waste, limestone, and oyster shells, and is stuck together using water-based glue.

Gul

Gul have recently partnered with the Big Blue Ocean Clean Up to help keep local marine environments clean, prevent species extinction and fight climate change. The Gul Response men’s and women’s wetsuit is made using non-petroleum materials and a limestone based neoprene.

Roxy

Both the Syncro and Pop Surf Wetsuit ranges uses water-based glues and recycled polyester that has 25 recycled plastic bottles in each suit. The Pop Surf collection is not only stylish but is also created with the most updated technologies to ensure they provide the best performance.

Mystic

Mystic have been striving towards a more sustainable world and have been making changes to do so. By using eco-friendly shipping materials, reducing plastic outputs in packaging and biodegradable wetsuit bags and incorporating organic cotton into their production line, they’re taking a step in the right direction. The Mystic Jayde Wetsuit range incorporates Yamamoto limestone neoprene which is considered one of the best neoprene’s in the market not only because it’s kinder to the environment but also its high stretch ratio and top-notch insulation.

 

Written by Lucy Harris.

Updated on 24th March 2022

Originally published on 23rd March 2022 in Wetsuit Guides

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