Plants are known to produce Natural Rubber and are categorized as polymers. They are the most supreme polymer for human society. Natural Rubber is a very important raw material that is used to create as many as 40,000 products. They are used in surgical gloves, medical devices, car and aircraft tires, clothes, pacifiers, toys, etc. Natural rubbers are acquired by Latex. Latex is a milky liquid which is obtained from the cells of the plants that produce rubber. Before we proceed further, let’s take a look at the polymer.
The Polymer is the chemical compound. It has large molecules that are assembled by many molecules that are of the small size but share the same kind. Few polymers are noted to exist naturally whereas others are processed in factories and laboratories.
Rubber is mostly defined by its properties. It is only because of its properties that it has gained attention worldwide. It includes high strength and elasticity that even after it is stretched for 8 to 9 times, it gets back to its normal position. Rubber does not break easily and are good insulators of electricity, flexible and resist corrosive substances.
Synthetic rubbers are made by man and share the same properties as that of the natural rubber. They are produced chemically and are strong and flexible. But even after many chemical processes and experiments, Synthetic Rubber failed to replace Natural Rubber. This does not mean synthetic rubber is inefficient. They are also very strong and share almost all the same properties but Natural Rubber is considered best and way more than the Synthetic Rubber.
Recently, humans have started looking for other sources of rubber. This can be narrowed down to three prime reasons. They are