Wild Rubber | Brazil
The coloured rubber is produced from wild rubber from the amazonian rainforest. Local tribes harvest rubber sustainably in the form of the latex from the rubber tree. These trees can keep productive for more than fifty years in the wild and generate additional income for local communities who help to preserve large areas of the Amazonian rainforest.
Place of production
Amazon Rainforest community in the states of Acre and the Para, Brazil.
- Local wild rubber sustainably extracted from wild trees in the Amazon rainforest
- Helps to preserve the natural resources
- Zero use of electric energy in the process
- Handmade by local producers
- No need of milling plants/intermediary processing
- Not smoked
- Direct beneficiaries - more than 200 families spread throughout different communities in Acre. Women 40%, Men 60%
- Promotes social inclusion of women and youths
- Promotes better work condition than previous/old methods of production
- Enable better income generation by local families
Making a living from the Amazon rainforest products while protecting it from deforestation is called ‘productive conservancy’. Wild rubber is one of these important economic products and this material is one of few social innovations which also acts to improve locals’ quality of life, as for example, by promoting women inclusion. Supporting the rainforest micro-economies means to avoid deforestation, mining, cattle ranch, rivers slit up and to preserve local culture and knowledge about local fauna and flora.