What is Latex?
Latex is extracted in nature by siphoning off rubber from a rubber tree. It is a liquid natural product. The eventual industrial product is, in fact, still a liquid material. Latex is a suspension of polymer particles in a liquid. The polymer particles are made of rubber and are embedded in water and proteins. Proteins have also been enclosed in the polymer particles. The type and quantity of protein can vary according to the area of extraction. In the further production process, the quantity of proteins can be reduced. In order to improve specific material qualities such as strength and elasticity, latex is treated with chemical substances. These substances can also be found in the final product. It is the natural proteins and the chemical substances which can cause allergic reactions in the workplace.