What is Latex

What is Latex

Latex is a white milky liquid composed of rubber particles dispersed in water.

Natural latex is harvested from the rubber tree Havea Brasiliensis which is grown in plantations with tropical climate around the world- Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Brazil.

Synthetic latex is a man-made copy of natural latex. Its scientific name is SBR- styrene butadiene rubber. It was developed from petro chemicals during World War II due to shortages in the production of natural latex.

Latex manufacturing for the bedding industry used both natural and synthetic latex.

Latex is also used for the production of tyres, surgical gloves and condoms.