WAW Handplanes Straps Are Now Made From Yulex! What Is Yulex?

The Bodysurfing Shop is excited to announce the new summer season release of the WAW Handplanes range. They have teamed up with the guys at Yulex Corporation to create the strongest most sustainable handplane strap available. The strap is made using Yulex Pure™.

The Bodysurfing Shop has an exclusive sale on these handplanes just in time for your summer barrels.

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What is Yulex?

Havea Rubber Tree Forest - Tim Davis for Patagonia

Havea Rubber Tree Forest - Tim Davis for Patagonia

Yulex Pure™ is the world’s first high performing, non-sensitising, 100% plant-based, ultra-pure natural rubber that is FSC® certified and truly sustainably sourced.

By choosing renewable natural rubber from hevea trees grown in the highlands of Guatemala, Yulex Pure™ is reducing CO2 emissions by up to ~80% when compared to conventional, nonrenewable neoprene—causing less harm to the planet we love and the oceans that give us waves to ride.

The strict way that Yulex Pure™ is made removes over 99% of impurities and delivers a stronger, non-sensitizing natural material. Plant sources are irrigated by ambient rainfall and a recycled water supply is used in manufacturing. The Hevea Rubber tree also has a lifespan of 40 years and can produce rubber for approximately 35 years.

What’s Wrong With Neoprene?

The disabled vessel, the T/B DBL 152, discharges oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2005. Image credit: ENTRIX, Inc.

The disabled vessel, the T/B DBL 152, discharges oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2005. Image credit: ENTRIX, Inc.

So pretty much most of the worlds neoprene ever made is largely produced from petrochemicals (oil). In the case of ‘geoprene’, the source material is limestone based. Neither of these are truly sustainable as they are consuming from finite resources.

You might ask about the rubber from trees? does it cause deforestation?

Well, Yulex Pure™ is fully certified by and in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) from a Rainforest Alliance approved forest. The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organisation dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods, with a focus on tropical landscapes. It performs audits to confirm that plantations adheres to the FSC’s standards on the ground. This ensures that Yulex’s source plantation isn’t contributing to deforestation, and that it’s managed in a way that maintains the ecological functions and integrity of the forest.

The best way to reduce unsustainable neoprene practices and oil consumption is to stop using petrochemically derived products all together. WAW Handplanes has taken this step forward into the future along with Yulex Pure™ pioneers Patagonia and Slater Designs.

By choosing the new WAW Handplanes range, you can ensure that you are using the most sustainable handplane strap available on the market.

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Check out the video below for Patagonia’s Yulex Pure™ story.