There are countless items in this world of ours that can be found made of rubber. Others may interest you while some may not. What remains truly interesting is when you learn about the fun facts in the world of rubber production.
Rubber can be in two forms – the natural rubber and the synthetic rubber. Natural rubber is often referred to as Caoutchouc or India rubber. This one is initially produced with polymers of isoprene which is an organic compound, minor impurities from other organic compounds and water involved. Synthetic rubber which is most often produced on an industrial scale are synthetic elastomers derived using either solution or emulsion polymerization methods.
The more commonly known fact may be that it is thanks to latex extracted from what we know as Rubber Trees which is Hevea Brasiliensis that we owe rubber production to. Quite obviously, these trees originated from Brazil and later were spread throughout London. This we owe to a man named Henry Wickman who was a local planter in the lower Amazon area acting for the British Government. And this dates back to the year 1876. From the then germination of seeds at the Tropical Herbarium located in Kew Gardens, London and up to the exportation of the seedlings to Sri Lanka and Singapore, rubber production has grown ever since.
Perhaps learning more about methods including “tapping” could fill you with more interesting facts about rubber production. It is high time you look at the things made out of rubber as more interesting items.