MATERIALS MATTER. NATURAL TREE RUBBER.
Natural tree rubber is often called tree-derived rubber, natural rubber, or even natural latex. It is the most eco-friendly and sustainable material with a high density, elasticity, and flexibility. As a natural product, it also has antibacterial qualities, making your home a clean space when using our mats.
But how is it made? Is it a special wood?
As it is entirely natural, it is made by milking Rubber trees. That milking is called tapping and is very similar to what you might imagine when maple syrup is gathered. Small cuts are cut into the bark so the sticky fluid can run out. It is then collected into small bowls -like vessels – and later refined into rubber ready for commercial use like tires, flooring, shoes or our yoga mats. The life of the tapped tree will not be at risk at any moment, as this gentle process is known for its sustainability for more than 3000 years. Natural tree rubber is one of the simplest yet sophisticated materials which our ancestors used for different tools way back in the past.
The trees are called Para Rubber Trees and are a very ecologically sustainable crop. With their photosynthetic potential, they also contribute to balancing out the carbon impact of humankind on our planet. Natural tree rubber is free of any toxic chemicals and petroleum residues and is completely naturally biodegradable.