One dive in the Red Sea on one of our Dive Rutland Club Trips, I brought back a large amount of fishing line and marine plastic - something we encourage all of our divers and club members to do as part of being a 100% Project Aware Dive Centre.
In a Dive Against Debris post, I shamelessly asked if Fourth Element could use it to make my new wetsuit. They never responded, but Aqua Lung did.
I do not tend to do a lot of research on the materials of my diving equipment. It is one of the things I accept that will likely not be eco friendly, my wetsuit is no different. When I received my Bali wetsuit the tag attached led me to do a bit of research. I have now learned that neoprene does not have to be made from petroleum products and this one is in fact made of limestone neoprene. While that means it still uses natural resources, the reserve used by Sheico who provides Aqua Lung with material will supply limestone for the next 3000 years. This is a bit easier to cope with than looking at our limited petroleum reserves, and it allows us the time to find another, more sustainable alternative. In addition, the limestone neoprene offers less water migration due to the less permeable membrane making it a warmer suit. There is a downside here, to achieve this effect, the neoprene cells are filled with nitrogen, this could explain why I felt a tad bit floaty in the pool but now that I know, it just means I need to add some weight! There is more natural stretch which makes it easier to don and doff the wetsuit. And best of all for those holiday travellers, it is significantly lighter in weight, even when wet it does not feel nearly as heavy as my other 3mm wetsuits.
- It is impermeable
- It is lighter in weight
- It is warmer
- It is more durable
- It is stretchy