Men's & Women's Eco Friendly Wetsuits are made from neoprene alternatives like limestone and recycled material like plastic water bottles. We feature the top rated eco friendly brands Henderson Greenprene & Akona Quantum Stretch. These manufacturers are produce some of the most affordable eco friendly wetsuits in the industry. These suits are made from rubber alternatives that are sustainable, compression resistant, stretchy, and durable. Environmentally friendly wetsuits cost a little more than standard wetsuits and have been reported to last longer than standard rubber wetsuits. They also are good alternatives for those with rubber alergies. Henderson Greenprene offers small samples of their material so that you can test it against your allergies.
When making wetsuits with a natural rubber or eco friendly alternative instead of conventional neoprene is that the emissions from carbon dioxide during the manufacturing process will be reduced more than 75%. This means less damage to our Ozone. Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is only a part of the mission of eco friendly wetsuits. Manufacturers are looking to create sustainable wetsuits from limestone, crushed oyster shells, and recycled plastic bottles. Standard neoprene is made of a petrochemical material that is a synthetic rubber. This material is has a negative effect on the environment during production and when disposing of it.
Limestone neoprene was introduced to the industry in the 1960's was by a Japanese company by the name of Yamamoto. Limestone based neoprene alternatives are made from calcium carbonate in contrast to traditional neoprene that are made of polymers synthesized from oil. Henderson Greenprene wetsuits and Hyperflex Greenprene wetsuits are neoprene alternatives made with oyster shells. Akona wetsuits are limestone based noeprene alteratives.
A benefit of eco friendly wetsuits is compression resistance. Henderson wetsuits uses Greenprene, an alternative to traditional rubber neoprene, in it's SCUBA diving wetsuits. The same neoprene is also used in Hyperflex's Greenprene surfing wetsuits for men. These eco friendly wetsuits can be worn in surface sports and worn in underwater sports like SCUBA diving without getting compression damage.
Looking for a plus size and big & tall wetsuit options that are environmentally friendly, check out Akona's Quantum Stretch Wetsuits. Akona makes the Quantum Stretch full wetsuit in sizes 3XL, 4XL, & 5XL. The Akona Quantum Foam is made from limestone and recycled materials.