Fairtrade Fortnight 2022: Natural Rubber Washing-Up Gloves

Rubber Tapping in Sri Lanka
Rubber Tapping in Sri Lanka
Product Spotlight: Biodegradable, sustainably-sourced, Fair Trade rubber gloves with a cotton flock lining from renewable sources

Seep Rubber Gloves are one of the first natural rubber household gloves to market in the UK that have passed the biodegradability test (in accordance with ISO 14855-1:2005) and we are super proud of this🥰Our gloves feel lighter than, but work just as well as, other household gloves on the market because they have been specially developed to biodegrade🌿

The wood and paper products in our range are always sustainably sourced, the wood is harvested from forests that are responsibly managed (and not illegally logged)🌲 In this case, our gloves come from sustainably sourced rubber trees. Rubber trees also sequester more carbon than most other tree crops♻

Our gloves are made from natural latex which is sourced from the tree in a process called rubber tapping; the latex is harvested by slicing a groove into the bark of the tree with a hooked knife and peeling back the bark🔪 It is a bit like milking a cow, and the freshly tapped sap of the tree is also known as “latex milk”. This process of tapping ensures that the tree isn’t harmed and continues to live

The rubber tappers, who cut the bark to get the raw material flowing, have received a fair trade premium. The premium is used for projects that help to improve the lives of their families but also the local economy.
The aim of the Fair Rubber Association is to contribute to an improvement of the working and living conditions of the primary producers of natural latex (rubber), as well as promoting environmentally-friendly and chemical-free production of natural rubber. You can read more here.

What sets our gloves apart is that the rubber is Fair Trade and sustainably sourced materials, and the rubber is made from natural latex; a lot of the cheaper gloves on the market will be made from synthetic latex derived from fossil fuels and not biodegradable.
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