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Slippy Powder wetsuit lubricant and biodegradability...

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Nov 9, 2020
I decided to jump on the Slippy wetsuit powder train, primarily because it's listed on their website that it "is made from biodegradable materials and contains no microplastics." I've seen on other websites that "It is biodegradable but only if other energy sources are present..."

My question is: what do they mean by "other" energy sources? Are we talking about the sun here?

The Slippy website claims the powder is made from a "blend of pharma-grade PEG, of Western European origin." PEG is an acronym for Polyethylene Glycol. Studies done on the biodegradability of PEG seem to be inconclusive, as certain studies state that the chemical is not biodegradable, while others, such as this one, conducted in 1975 at Cornell University, state that it will biodegrade, but the time it takes depends on the lab it was manufactured in... this is also a good comprehensive paper, covering ALL studies done from 1962 to 2000.

Science aside, the product is incredible. I mix roughly two teaspoons of the stuff into a 16oz spray bottle with warm water and it creates a wetsuit lube that rivals anything I've ever used. It has absolutely zero scent to it and rinses off with fresh water very easily. I absolutely hate seeing bottles of store-bought conditioners sitting on the dock or boat knowing all the crap that's in that stuff... and, science aside, I do think Slippy is a better and more cost-effective solution.
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