Abysse wetsuits made out of eco-friendly ‘Geoprene’

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“Geoprene” is made out of limestone and is less energy intensive than producing traditional neoprene. Photo: Abysse

It’s safe to say that neoprene (wetsuit material) is having a moment in women’s swimwear.

Companies like Lisa Marie Fernandez, Triagnl and Nuera Swimwear are making suits entirely out of neoprene.

Tahitian surfer and model Hanalei Reponty is entering the lineup with her line of swimwear called Abysse.

Her suits are made of Japanese geoprene, which is stretchier than traditional neoprene and weighs less.

The limestone-based material requires less energy to produce than traditional neoprene and doesn’t retain water as easily.

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She came up with the idea after she began traveling the world to surf.

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Surfer turned model Hanalei Reponty started Abysse after struggling to find wetsuits she liked. Photo: Abysse

Growing up in Tahiti, she never needed more than a swimsuit but after becoming the face of Rip Curl, she started going to new and colder locales.

Now needing to suit up, the leggy blonde didn’t have much to choose from in terms of wetsuit styles and colors so she started her own line.

“I wanted to create something I really believe in and do something cool for girls who want to spend time in the water,” she told Vogue.

Another advantage of the material is that it stays on really well, which can be an issue with traditional bikinis.

Reponty is extremely passionate about ocean conservation and plans to donate all proceeds from a soon-to-be-made T-shirt to charity.

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