Latex vs Non-Latex September 20 2013, 0 Comments
What is latex?
Latex is a milky white fluid contained in tiny cells situated beneath the outer bark of the rubber tree genus Heveabraziliansis. The latex is obtained from the tree by using a special tapping knife to cut away a thin shaving of bark, initiating the flow of the white sap into a collecting cup. The rubber trees are manually tapped -- in fact, the tapper needs great skill with his knife to avoid damaging the tree. Rubber tappers usually work in the wee hours of the morning because rubber latex flows more easily before the heat of the day sets in. In a few hours the latex is collected from the cups that are hung from the tree. The latex is then sent to a processing facility to be processed into either natural rubber blocks or processed into latex concentrate. Countless rubber products can be made from natural rubber/latex. It constitutes a major component of car/truck/air plane tires, which still forms the bulk of its usage today. Natural rubber is intrinsically elastic, flexible, lasting, airtight, watertight and insulating and thousands of products take advantage of these useful properties.
Rubber Tapping Latex Collected Tapping Knife