Processing raw materials and manufacturing clothing consume extreme amounts of precious water. The creation of textiles uses more water, energy, chemicals, and other resources than many of us even think about or ever see. Over 20% of global industrial water pollution comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles. We have chosen a textile manufacturer that uses water-based glue for lamination of fabrics, rather than solvent-based. This eliminates harmful volatile organic compounds and has the same durability as conventional solvent-based wetsuit glues.
The fashion industry is one of the largest consumers of water, and more than 1 billion people on this Earth do not have access to safe water. We’re trying our best to reduce our H2O consumption throughout our processes. The interior linings and face fabric is coloured with solution dye in order to save 50-100 litres of water per suit (depending on the size of the piece, of course); this is over 75% less water than what is used in conventional dyeing.
Petroleum free – by replacing conventional neoprene and similar synthetic materials, we are reducing CO2 emissions by up to ~75% in the manufacturing process.
Plant-based neoprene – synthetic materials are essentially plastic, and when you wash synthetics they shed small plastic pieces called microfibers. Microfibres from synthetic clothing and textiles are a key source of microplastics in our oceans. When we wash our clothes, fibres are shed into the washing water. Due to their minute size, these fibres pass through wastewater treatment plants and end up in the ocean. Once in the ocean, they act as pollution magnets that marine animals mistake for food, and which can eventually end up in our food. We laminate our Yulex suits with recycled synthetics to lessen our environmental impact, but these potentially shed microfibers too. That’s why we’re working hard to phase out synthetics, while Yulex Corp is working on a solution to produce 100% Yulex sheets.