How is it possible that Yazbeck wetsuits are “green” and environmentally friendly?

At Yazbeck we are concerned about the earth’s environment and we want to emphasize that the YAMAMOTO Neoprene used in our products is not petrochemical based but from a Limestone based polymer with a 99.7% calcium carbonate concentration. This point is also acknowledged for greater acceptance in the market of the medical products made of Yamamoto’s neoprene rubber, which has been approved by the FDA.

Calcium carbonate foam is much cleaner and more eco-friendly compared to petroleum-based rubber even from the point of its manufacturing process; because, we don’t use petroleum as the primary resource. The quantity of heat for processing and producing these raw materials is one tenth that being used in refining the equivalent petroleum neoprene products on the market today, and the heat generated is utilized for the raising of eels which are used as a food resource in Japan. The source of heat that is generated is from used tires and the electric power we use is generated from several dams and power stations constructed below the high mountain range near our facility. This special technology to convert limestone to neoprene rubber is considered environmentally clean and friendly in relation to how neoprene is traditionally manufactured.

The material can be processed to its unique low viscosity at low temperature. The Yamamoto Neoprene manufacturing process is precisely controlled at below 0.5 centigrade. Special compound to match limestone. The brief processing method of the limestone is to make acetylene gas spring up by burning the tire and to liquefy it by the chemical polymerization, then to dry it to chips.

The Japanese special technology to convert the limestone to the rubber is an advanced technology that not only produces the finest material for making Yazbeck wetsuits, it is also to help protect the Earth’s environment

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