Neoprene is a type of synthetic rubber. It was created in 1930 and is one of the most multi-purpose fabrics available. Since it was developed, it has been used in many industries. Thanks to its variety of desirable properties, the material is perfect for different products (wetsuits, tires, and hoses, just to name a few).
Today, the thick, padded fabric has also made its way into the fashion world. Used for clothing and accessories, neoprene is loved by designers for its structure and properties. Not to mention its uniquely stylish look.
One of the best things about neoprene is its strength. This is one tough fabric. You can be sure it won’t rip or wear away. It’s also heat, chemical, oil and ozone resistant, which is just part of the reason why it’s used so widely.
Neoprene fabric is so widely used that it’s difficult to find a material that can be just, if not more versatile. However, the very characteristic that sets neoprene apart – its resistance to degradation, makes it one of the most problematic materials to incorporate outside of heavy duty industrial and manufacturing uses. For most footwear and soft-goods uses, such as a perforated neoprene fabric panel on a backpack, having a product made from the same material used to line landfills isn’t the most eco-friendly option. Every year, over 380 tons of non-biodegradable neoprene make their way into our waste cycles.
Neoprene is resistant to water and a wide range of temperatures. Essentially, it’ll stand up to all weather conditions. Rain. Hail. Sunshine. Snow. Wind. You name it and neoprene will able to withstand it.
Neoprene is padded and soft. It can come in different densities but is generally thicker than other materials. So, it’s ideal for providing protection and cushioning. Also, it’s lightweight. And what’s not to love about that?
Neoprene can flex, stretch and bend like a yoga master.