NATURAL GUM RUBBER
NATURAL GUM RUBBER is a popular non-marking rubber material thanks to its soft, supple nature and excellent flexibility. It is a natural product that is made from the sap of rubber trees found in South America and South Asia. Natural gum rubber is also an eco-friendly elastomer thanks to its tree-derived raw materials. The origins of this ‘green’ elastomer and its modern-day version has a storied past and was one of the most important discoveries of the modern era.
Natural rubber material is produced by harvesting the latex from trees. This sticky, milky liquid is taken from a variety of trees through a process called tapping. Incisions are made in the trees, allowing the latex to trickle out into collection containers. It is then processed to form the material we know as natural gum rubber. More than 200 plants across the world are known to produce latex, but the majority of natural rubber products are made using latex from the Hevea brasiliensis, known as the rubber tree. This makes natural gum rubber the perfect material for environmentally-conscious consumers.