Actively promote only certified sustainable agricultural practices for the production of natural rubber
Develop high performance plant-based products which minimize harm to our environment and human health
When the rubber first hit the road
Our founder Jeff is passionate (and stubborn) about changing long-held industry reliance on petroleum-based products to plant-based products, which are more sustainable and better for the environment and therefore for human health. Since graduating from Georgia Tech with a Materials Science and Engineering degree he became an expert in the area of natural and synthetic polymers including natural rubber- understanding the whole supply chain from agriculture to product development and sales and marketing, including Founder & CEO of Yulex Corporation, which developed the first plant-based foam from two sources of rubber plants: Guayule and Hevea brasiliensis.
SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RUBBER
What does natural rubber have to do with sustainability?
Yulex’ understanding is that sustainable products start literally from the ground up and need to sustain those who labor to maintain the rubber crops. This lead Yulex to the Forest Stewardship Council (“FSC”) and the high standards they set for certification of rubber plantations. For example, plantations with this certification have no history of deforestation, abuse of agricultural pesticides or human rights violations. Through Yulex innovation, proprietary methodologies are employed to purify natural rubber after it’s harvested on the plantation. This purified natural rubber latex significantly reduces impurities naturally found in rubber production especially those allergens that cause potential for Type I Latex Allergy. Additionally, Yulex’ proprietary processes remove contaminants that can give natural rubber its bad odor (putrification) and discoloration- a common complaint in many rubber products. We then partner with only FSC certified plantations to license this Yulex purification technology, which is used on site. The outcome was the introduction of Yulex Pure® natural rubber, the world’s first branded natural rubber which is FSC certified and purified.
GOODBYE TO NEOPRENE
Patagonia introduces world’s first wetsuits made with FSC® Yulex natural rubber
To change the industry, we looked to partner with change- makers like Patagonia, which after years of technical development, resulted in a closed cell foam (made with Yulex natural rubber) which became the first real replacement for the commonly used petroleum-based neoprene. The industry gold-standard for the first neoprene-free wetsuit is co-branded the Patagonia / Yulex wetsuit.
Today, Euphoam LLC is totally dedicated to continuing its development of sustainably produced high performance foams for many new engineered applications while expanding global capacity to supply the increasing demand for biobased replacements for petroleum based foams such as neoprene and polyurethane.