Yulex® Natural Rubber

Meet Yulex: A Clean Alternative to Neoprene wetsuits.

As a brand, we live for the sea. We believe that immersing yourself in this aquatic world is one of the most beautiful experiences you can have in life. But the chances are you’re probably going to need a wetsuit to do it – especially if you live around colder waters, like in the UK. Unfortunately, most wetsuits will traditionally be made out of synthetic neoprene. That's where Yulex comes in, ready to change the world...

What is Yulex?

Yulex is a hardy plant-based fabric made from natural rubber. An environmentally friendly material, Yulex was designed to replace the toxic production process of neoprene, which has been used to create the majority of the planet's wetsuits for decades.

How is Yulex produced?

To make Yulex, natural rubber emulsion is sourced from sustainably managed plantations of Hevea trees.

This latex emulsion is refined, purified and concentrated using Yulex’s specialised technique. A dry solid rubber is then produced by coagulating the Yulex Pure® emulsion in a process that causes a change to the electrical charge in the rubber particles, forcing them to form soft clumps. The material is then rinsed, milled down and dried, to be processed into bales of Yulex Pure® dry solid. It is this solid rubber that is then used in the manufacturing of wetsuits, replacing the synthetic material.

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Why is Neoprene not sustainable?

Natural, renewable and traceable, Yulex Pure® has been developed to provide all the technical and performance benefits of traditional neoprene, but eliminates the need for a petrochemical source. Switching the source of the material to a renewable plant based one, rather than a finite fossil fuel rDid you know neoprene is so non biodegradable that it has even been used to line landfills in the past?

Traditional synthetic neoprene is made using one of the most toxic manufacturing processes out there; formed through the polymerisation of chloroprene in a process that is incredibly damaging to the health of both wildlife and people. Neoprene uses non-renewable petroleum, which has to be drilled up from the ground. And that's not even mentioning the harmful carcinogen gases emitted by the chemical processes plants where neoprene is formed!

As passionate sea-goers, requiring swimwear made from destructive fabrics to explore our wonderful oceans was an irony that we always struggled with. We knew there must be a better way. So, we’re incredibly proud to say that from 2021 our entire wetsuit and new swimwear range will be made using Yulex Pure® natural rubber.esource, not only ensures the long-term sustainability of the supply chain, it drastically reduces the environmental impact of producing the material.

Natural Carbon Sequestration

Because Yulex® comes from trees, the plantations are already sequestering huge amounts of carbon, with around 1,400 kgs of CO2 sequestered per hectare of forest.

10x Less Water Needed

Traditional neoprene requires a lot of water – around 300,000 litres to produce just one metric tonne. By comparison, one tonne of Yulex® can be made with just under 26,000 litres. That’s over 10x less water used.

Reduced Energy Consumption

It can take up to 33,300 kilowatt hours of energy to make one tonne of neoprene. To produce the same amount of Yulex®, only 1,150 kwh would be required.

Cuts Overall Carbon Footprint

There are other benefits too, like the fact that Yulex recycle any waste water in a closed loop system, or the use of renewable energy at their processing facilities. But all of these things add up, and manufacturing a wetsuit with Yulex®, rather than traditional neoprene, can reduce the overall carbon footprint of a suit by an incredible 80%.

How is Yulex sustainable?

Natural, renewable and traceable, Yulex Pure® has been developed to provide all the technical and performance benefits of traditional neoprene, but eliminates the need for a petrochemical source. Switching the source of the material to a renewable plant based one, rather than a finite fossil fuel resource, not only ensures the long-term sustainability of the supply chain, it drastically reduces the environmental impact of producing the material.

1. Natural Carbon Sequestration

Because Yulex® comes from trees, the plantations are already sequestering huge amounts of carbon, with around 1,400 kgs of CO2 sequestered per hectare of forest.

2. 10x Less Water Needed

Traditional neoprene requires a lot of water – around 300,000 litres to produce just one metric tonne. By comparison, one tonne of Yulex® can be made with just under 26,000 litres. That’s over 10x less water used.

3. Reduced Energy Consumption

It can take up to 33,300 kilowatt hours of energy to make one tonne of neoprene. To produce the same amount of Yulex®, only 1,150 kwh would be required.

4. Cuts Overall Carbon Footprint

There are other benefits too, like the fact that Yulex recycle any waste water in a closed loop system, or the use of renewable energy at their processing facilities. But all of these things add up, and manufacturing a wetsuit with Yulex®, rather than traditional neoprene, can reduce the overall carbon footprint of a suit by an incredible 80%.

Benefits of Yulex wetsuits

Yulex offers as high a performance wetsuit as you would expect from a neoprene wetsuit... better even. 100% waterproof, flexible and suitable in a range of sea temperatures - even for cold water swimming. The fabric is also highly durable, meaning your Yulex wetsuit will last you year after year.

How to care for your Yulex wetsuit...

- Rinse your Yulex wetsuit with fresh water after every use

- Drip dry inside-out, out of direct sunlight

- Hand wash with mild detergent

- Do not machine wash, tumble dry or use bleach

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As we enter the UN Decade for the Ocean, it’s more important than ever that we stand up for the health of our seas. With our new range of Yulex® wetsuits and swimwear we’ve drastically reduced our reliance on petroleum, cut our carbon footprint and created the most sustainable suit we’ve ever built, without compromising on performance.

We believe that the more people we can help connect with our ocean, the more they will fall in love with it. And people protect what they love.

Shop Women's Yulex

Women's Nieuwland 5s Yulex® Hooded Wetsuit

Women's Nieuwland 5s Yulex® Hooded Wetsuit

€500,00

Women's Nieuwland 4s Yulex® Wetsuit

Women's Nieuwland 4s Yulex® Wetsuit

€455,00

Women's Nieuwland 3s Yulex® Wetsuit

Women's Nieuwland 3s Yulex® Wetsuit

€375,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Shorty

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Shorty

€175,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Jane Swimsuit

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Jane Swimsuit

€190,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Jane Swimsuit

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Jane Swimsuit

€190,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Jane Swimsuit

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Jane Swimsuit

€190,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Swimsuit

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Swimsuit

€160,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Swimsuit

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Swimsuit

€160,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Swimsuit

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Swimsuit

€175,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Top

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Top

€120,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Pant

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Pant

€64,00

Shop Men's Yulex

Men's Nieuwland 5s Yulex® Hooded Wetsuit

Men's Nieuwland 5s Yulex® Hooded Wetsuit

€500,00

Men's Nieuwland 4s Yulex® Wetsuit

Men's Nieuwland 4s Yulex® Wetsuit

€455,00

Men's Nieuwland 3s Yulex® Wetsuit

Men's Nieuwland 3s Yulex® Wetsuit

€375,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Sleeveless Shorty Wetsuit

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Sleeveless Shorty Wetsuit

€150,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Shorty Wetsuit

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Shorty Wetsuit

€190,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Top

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Top

€140,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Johns

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Johns

€190,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Sleeveless Shorty Wetsuit

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Sleeveless Shorty Wetsuit

€150,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Top

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Top

€140,00

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Shorty Wetsuit

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Shorty Wetsuit

€190,00