Petroleum based neoprene
Petrol based neoprene is the traditional method of making neoprene as invented in the 1950’s. Petrol based neoprene is still used in a lot of wetsuits but this is much less environmentally friendly than newer, cleaner versions of neoprene available, such as limestone neoprene, that replaces the harmful oil for limestone mined in Japan. Neoprene is a type of synthetic rubber made by polymerization of chloroprene. Neoprene is resistant against most chemicals and can be used in large range of temperatures while it remains flexible. It is a great material to be used for insulation, especially insulation against temperature differences. This is why neoprene is the best material to be used to produce wetsuits. It can be fit tight around the body, stay flexible and protect you from hypothermia while surfing in cold waters. The main ingredient to make neoprene is the element carbon (C), which can be derived from oil (petrol based neoprene), more environmentally friendly limestone or other sources with a high carbon content.
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