Friday, August 03, 2007

Body Glove ECO - Environmentally Friendly Wetsuits

Following in Patagonia's treehugging footsteps, Body Glove is releasing their ECO wetsuit, made from snappily named eco-flex and bio-stretch. The Eco-flex exterior is "the purest form of non toxic stretch material on the planet." I'm not sure what that means, but it is supposedly non-petroleum based and "100% environmentally friendly." The mid later, Bio-stretch, is made from natural rubber, and the "interior of the ECO is 100% non-petroleum calcium carbonate closed cell foam rubber. Sounds promising, we surfers have another choice in environmentally friendly wetsuits, plenty of catchy marketing words, an odd photo shoot with a surfer in a jungle, and a maybe touch of greenwashing as well.

via Stefan Teitge



Blogger Chris Jenks said...

Kudos to Body Glove for developing this Eco-friendly wetsuit. I recently bought one and it works great. Plus, I feel good about buying it.

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this has been one of my long standing disappointments about the surfing industry, both boards and wetsuits are created using such high amounts of petroleum based products that it makes one rethink how much true integration between man/nature there really is. huge props to BG for closing that gap incrementally.
I, for one, will be picking one of these suits up ASAP.

4:15 AM  
Blogger Clint Slaughter, M.D. said...

I ended up getting a Patagonia wetsuit, which are also environmentally friendlier - limestone-based neoprene and a mix of merino wool and recycled PET lining. They're super warm and very comfortable - I highly recommend them!

7:48 AM  

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