Have you ever thought about the material your shoes, gloves, car parts and even your phone case are made of? Rubber is a material that comes from nature and is used in almost every sector of our daily lives. Even though natural rubber was originally discovered thousands of years ago, science has advanced the use of this amazing resource and created new materials.
One of the earliest uses of rubber was by the Mesoamerican people, who used it to waterproof their footwear.
The Mesoamericans were the first people to use rubber, which they called chicle. They used it to waterproof their footwear, and also as a chewing gum that had health benefits for teeth and gums.
Chicle was discovered by the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who noticed that the Aztecs had something on their feet that kept them from getting wet when they walked through puddles during storms. This substance was chicle, which he brought back to Europe with him and shared with his friends.
Modern rubber was finally discovered by Charles Goodyear in 1839, and was a huge improvement over previous forms.
Modern rubber was finally discovered by Charles Goodyear in 1839, and was a huge improvement over previous forms. The process of heating rubber with sulfur (called vulcanization) is still used today to make products like tennis balls and tires.
Rubber can be made from natural latex or synthetically. Natural latex is harvested from several different kinds of trees, depending on where it’s harvested.
You may be familiar with latex gloves or balloons, but did you know that natural rubber can come from a variety of sources? Natural latex is harvested from several different kinds of trees, depending on where it’s harvested. In the Amazon rainforest, the best source for natural rubber is a type of tree called Hevea brasiliensis (also known as Pará rubber). Likewise, Malaysia and Indonesia each produce their own types of natural latex-producing Hevea trees. Thailand has also historically been a major producer of natural latex due to its abundance and proximity to large global markets.
Natural rubber has many benefits over synthetic varieties: it’s biodegradable and renewable; it doesn’t need catalysts for processing; and it isn’t made with any harsh chemicals such as sulfur compounds or petroleum derivatives like some synthetic rubbers are
The harvesting of natural rubber requires a long process which starts with tapping the tree to harvest raw latex.
This is where you come in. Once the tree is tapped, raw latex is collected from its inner bark and allowed to dry. Once dried, it becomes very sticky—this is why we call it raw!
When tapping a tree to harvest raw latex, workers use sharp tools called knives or chisels to pierce the outer shell of the tree and allow something called “milk” (aka sap) to flow out freely into a collecting basin below. This process takes place at various points in time depending on weather conditions and other factors that impact whether or not rubber can be harvested at all during any given year.
Raw latex is very sticky in its natural state and needs to be vulcanized. Vulcanization refers to heating the rubber with sulfur.
Raw latex is very sticky in its natural state and needs to be vulcanized. Vulcanization refers to heating the rubber with sulfur, which makes it more durable and elastic. Raw latex can be used as a coating on clothing or other surfaces but cannot be used directly for items like balls or tennis rackets because they would not last long enough before breaking down.
A new type of synthetic rubber was invented during World War II and had a multitude of uses during the war and beyond war time efforts.
As you might guess, the material used in our products is called PORON. But what exactly does that mean and why is it so special?
PORON is a new type of synthetic rubber that has revolutionized the uses for rubber. The word “poron” comes from Greek and means cushion or soft quality, which perfectly describes its characteristics. It was invented during World War II by government scientists who needed a stronger, more flexible material than natural rubber to use in tires and hoses for war vehicles and other machinery.
After the war, many companies began using synthetic rubber because it’s more durable than natural rubber and can withstand extreme temperatures better than any other kind of tire material on the market today!
Poron is a high performance engineering material that moves moisture away from your feet, absorbs shock, and provides comfort all day long.
Poron is an engineering material that has been used in a variety of products for years. Poron is used to absorb shock and move moisture away from your feet, so you can stay comfortable all day long.
PORON(R) microcellular urethane cushioning materials combine exceptional performance with outstanding durability to provide comfort where you need it most!
The PORON(R) microcellular urethane cushioning material is a revolutionary product that combines exceptional performance with outstanding durability to provide comfort where you need it most. This unique, high-tech material is used in our footwear and has been shown to absorb shock, move moisture away from your feet, and help regulate temperature all day long.
We hope you enjoyed learning about the history of rubber, how it’s made and where it comes from. If you want more information on how PORON materials can help you make better shoes, please check out our website at www.poron.com