Neoprene & geoprene: from oil well and mine to you

When petroleum-based neoprene hit the market decades ago, people loved it because it was low cost, durable and warm. Now we know better. Neoprene production is harmful to people and the environment.

More recently, some brands have turned to the false promise of geoprene, a non-renewable material extracted from mines with deep harm of surrounding ecosystems.

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Neoprene is made from petroleum

Neoprene is a petrochemical and produced from non-renewable fossil fuels.

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Neoprene is not renewable

Petroleum is non-renewable, generates pollution, fuels climate change, disrupts wildlife, and damages public lands set aside for the benefit of all people.

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Neoprene production is likely Carcinogenic

One region where neoprene is produced is known as Cancer Alley (La Place, Louisiana, USA), with risks of cancer at 50 times the USA average.

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Neoprene and geoprene never biodegrade

Neoprene lasts forever. It does not biodegrade.


Geoprene is non-renewable and sourced from limestone mines

Geoprene, pitched as a green alternative to neoprene is not so green. It is sourced from limestone mines with detrimental impact to the environment.


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