In the 1980s I had a rubber plant in my office as a decoration. I didn’t know, there was much more hidden in this versatile and ecological tree.
While most people know that latex comes from the sap of the Rubberwood tree, I first had no idea how truly versatile and ecological this tree was.
The sap of the rubber tree has been used for 3600 years to produce latex, one of the most important substances with which we come into contact in our daily life. A day or maybe not a minute goes by when we are not in contact with something that is made from the rubber tree.
What makes this tree versatile and ecological?
The rubber tree wood has been found to have a high density grain, which ensures strength. This feature alone has helped rubber wood to be seen as a high quality wood for use in the manufacture of wooden toys, furniture and sanitary ware.
Since the rubber wood tree is part of the maple tree family, it is easily controlled during the oven drying process, ensuring a consistent finished product. It is also known for its compatibility with the adhesives used in the production of furniture.
A fine-grained finish with a light color that easily enhances the coloring to a darker finish, makes rubber wood the perfect material for making high-end furniture.
The new discovery discovered of the uses of this versatile and ecological wood in so many products means that trees are no longer burned at the end of their 30-year latex production cycle.
This not only helps the environment from the point of view of air quality, but also means that these trees live through the products they are part of.
It is not a particular quality of rubber wood that makes it versatile and ecological, but all these combined characteristics make rubber wood a good choice for furniture and other products such as high quality domestic appliances and parquet flooring which are durable and long lasting, no matter how hard they are used.
by Julian Teoh