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Patagonia rides green wave with wet suit born in desert

Jon Kitamura shows off Patagonia’s surfing wet suit made from a natural rubber extracted from guayule, a desert shrub, rather than petroleum-based neoprene. Patagonia expects the revolutionary material  will wind up not only in wet suits but also in everyday items like sneakers and yoga mats. JIM WILSON / The New York Times

Jon Kitamura shows off Patagonia’s surfing wet suit made from a natural rubber extracted from guayule, a desert shrub, rather than petroleum-based neoprene. Patagonia expects the revolutionary material will wind up not only in wet suits but also in everyday items like sneakers and yoga mats.

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