All you need to know about Neoprene

Neoprene also called polychloroprene is a synthetic elastomer that was invented for commercial development by DuPont in 1930. Polymerization of chloroprene produces neoprene. Polymerization is a process that involves end-on-end linking together of monomers to form a long-chained molecule. Potassium persulfate is used in initiating the polymerisation process to form neoprene. DuPont first marketed this compound in 1931 and had trademarked it under the trade name DuPrene to prevent production and selling by other manufacturers. However, this product has adopted a generic name and is being sold as neoprene. Neoprene is sold mainly in latex form and as solid rubber.

This multipurpose elastomer is valued for the good characteristics it posses. As such, there are many benefits of using neoprene in making products. These benefits include; resistance to degradation from different weather like sunlight, snow, dust and even oxidation. It also maintains flexibility over a wide temperature range like extremely low temperatures and even heat making it a hard rubber to burn. Neoprene has outstanding physical toughness making it one of the best all-purpose rubber hence resistant to oils and the ozone. With the excellent chemical stability it possesses, neoprene is an ideal rubber for medical, and the automotive industries. To make neoprene even better, it is compoundable and as such its polymer structure can be changed to form compounds that have varying physical and chemical properties.

Due to its qualities, neoprene fabric has been used in many areas of our daily life. Some of the living goods that are made from neoprene fabric include;

Neoprene koozies

Due to its resistance to water, neoprene has been used in making neoprene koozies. These koozies are <span style=”font-size: 1.1em; background-color: transparent;”>used to cover around cans and bottles to insulate drinks that are in these containers. They keep the hand of the user dry while maintaining the drink inside the cans cold. Apart from its insulating property, neoprene fabric makes these koozies durable and provides a tight fit and therefore better grip on the can to ensure that it does not fall from the user’s hand easily.

Neoprene lunch bags

These bags utilise the resistance to heat and insulation property of the neoprene. These lunch bags keep food at the right temperatures; be it cold or warm. Neoprene lunch bags are known to work better than most lunch bags that are available in the market. They are reusable and can be utilised in different situations like carrying food and drinks when going for road trips, mountain climbing or even when going for plane rides.

Neoprene sleeves and neoprene computer bags

Neoprene sleeves have different uses ranging from laptop sleeves and cases to thigh sleeves. Neoprene laptop sleeves are important in offering protection to the laptop from grits and scuffs as well as protection from moisture. Neoprene thigh sleeves, on the other hand, are important in maintaining muscular temperatures when they are worn during exercises. This is as a result of the insulating properties of the neoprene fabric used to make the sleeves. Neoprene fabric can also be used in making computer bags that protects computers from moisture and makes it easy to travel with.


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