Neoprene is Gross
"The vast majority of wetsuits on sale today are made of a synthetic rubber called Neoprene. Neoprene - the commercial name for chloroprene rubber - is the product of a toxic and carcinogenic chemical process".
That's a quote from the upcoming documentary, The Big Sea. The film is an exploration of the alarming connection between neoprene production and cancer, as well as the heavy environmental toll of neoprene production.
The film ultimately calls on the ocean-loving community to rid itself of chloroprene rubber, instead opting for cleaner alternatives like natural rubber derived from sustainably managed trees.
The Big Sea looks set to make a major contribution to a debate many of us in the wetsuit business feel we have been having in silence. We'll be sure to share it with our community of families once it is released.