Production of Natural Rubber
Growing natural rubber involves many steps, and numerous scientific disciplines to be merged together to provide a cohesive operation and plan.
Planting: Seeds are planted and grow for between 12-18 months before being suitable for grafting, after which they are removed from a nursery environment and planted on a plantation. The bud quickly grows but the tree must be left to mature for between 6-7 years.
Tapping: Harvesters shave off a bit of bark, and then notch a line in the revealed bark to a depth of about 1/3” deep. The milky white liquid, latex, drips from the cut vessels, and then flows down the barkless patch, where it is collected, typically in a cut mounted to the tree. This tapping continues on alternating days, with new patches being cut just below the prior one, until the tapping is about a foot from the base of the tree. Once that side of the tree is tapped out, a repeat effort is done on the other side of the tree.
Sustainability is an environmental, social and economic concept that involves meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
At NATURSUTTEN we know that being an efficient and profitable business and being a good steward of the environment are goals that can work together.
- Our environmental goals are very simple:
- To protect and preserve the plantages that source our raw material
- To design and manufacture products that sustain people and the environment
- To be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy
- To create zero waste
- To reduce our carbon footprints
Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment. At EcoBaby we try our very best and urge our partners to due the same.