Yulex Rubber Chronicles

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What is YULEX PURE natural rubber?

YULEX PURE natural rubber latex and solid are special Yulex grades of natural rubber. Recall prior chronicles talked about different grades of natural rubber including cup lump, concentrated latex and 3L.

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YULEX natural rubber solid and YULEX purified latex have not been known to cause Type 1 allergic reactions.

Yulex is a material science and product company developing materials such as high performance foams, films and fibers from certified natural rubber – both solid rubber and liquid rubber (a.k.a. latex).

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Hmong women still spin and weave hemp fiber

Stories from the road… Sa Pa, Vietnam – We’re taking a little break from talking about rubber, but still in keeping with how things are made and stories while we’re on the road – Sa Pa, Viet Nam.

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Shouldn’t we we start with a raw material that is carbon neutral?

Let’s break it down … You might recall in one of our past chronicles we said that neoprene (synthetic rubber) is made from oil or limestone and releases large amounts of carbon into our atmosphere.

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What’s the difference between latex and rubber?

Like rubber, latex can be natural or synthetic. Natural latex is the substance harvested from the rubber tree- also called tree latex.

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Is chloroprene really that bad?

Answer: Yes California Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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Did you know that carbon is the backbone of your wetsuit?

All wetsuits whether synthetic rubber like neoprene or geoprene or natural rubber – start with a source of carbon.

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You wanted more rubber grades right?

3L rubber is made from tree latex The last Yulex Rubber Chronicle spoke to cup lump rubber made from tee latex that had been coagulatued or pre-coagulated at the plantation.

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Do you know the orgins of the word rubber or that it has grades?

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Who are smallholders?

I was born in a small village in South Vietnam and “relocated” to America so young that I knew little of Vietnam and it’s rich and sordid history with rubber. So now that I’m back, it should feel like a dejavu moment except it’s not.

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Why Vietnam natural rubber?

There are several reasons including: 1 – Transportation is one of the largest contributors to green house gases. Hence, to reduce our carbon footprint we need to source certified natural rubber closer to the manufacturing hubs, including Vietnam.

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