Today, Patagonia announced that their line of neoprene-free wetsuits are officially Fair Trade Certified. Achieving Fair Trade Certification means that your company fulfills environmental stewardship, income stability for employees and more.

Prior to the Fair Trade Certification, Patagonia’s wetsuit manufacturing process was FSC certified by the Rainforest Alliance in 2016.

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Photo: Courtesy of Al Mackinnon/Patagonia

Traditional neoprene can be hard on the environment so Patagonia utilizes Yulex natural rubber instead. Yulex reduces CO2 emissions by up to approximately 80-percent when compared to conventional, nonrenewable neoprene.

They also use solution-dyed fabrics and a water-based glue known as AQUa Glue which in comparison to conventional dyeing and lamination, uses 86-percent less water, reduces CO2 emissions by 92-percent and elimintates harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

In addition to their sustainable manufacturing process, Patagonia’s working conditions and customer satisfaction criteria follows the Fair Trade’s strict guidelines – earning them one of the highest certifications for sustainable manufacturing.

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