Patagonia’s Weed Wetsuit

Canada's hitchhiking robot, parasite tintypes, Patagonia's weed wetsuit and more in our weekly look at the web

Nope, not that kind of weed. We’ve been following Patagonia’s industry-changing use of the desert shrub guayule in its Yulex wetsuit since early prototypes hit the water. The technology substitutes traditional petroleum-based neoprene for a sustainable and equally effective substitute that—as a bonus—naturally imparts the wetsuits with a eucalyptus-like smell. With the wetsuit now hitting the market, Patagonia has opened up the material for use by other companies and in other product categories (sneakers, yoga mats) in hopes of having the greatest eco impact.