Thursday, January 15, 2009

Next time you put on rubber gloves

...think back to where they started.

Sumedha's estate in Sri Lanka also covers 35 acres of rubber trees. In this video, you can see one of the latex collectors at work, while Sumedha offers commentary in the background. Each collector taps 350 trees per day, slicing the bark at just the right angle, placing the sap cup, and later collecting the product. The plastic apron around the tree keeps rainwater from diluting the latex.

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