The global natural rubber industry has taken a hit from the Covid-19 crisis, with some sustainability initiatives put on pause and smallholders struggling to make a living. What can businesses do to protect both?
Smallholders in Asia make up the bulk of global rubber production. Encouraging them to produce the versatile material more sustainably is key to improving the industry’s environmental credentials, but it will be an uphill task. How can the business world help?
Rising temperatures, drought and heavy rain will affect rubber yields and disease outbreaks. Rubber growers can boost resilience by adopting better cultivation methods, but will need more support.
Rubber is one of the world's most widely used materials, but irresponsible farming methods have led to deforestation and human rights abuses as the sector has grown. Could there be a better way? Eco-Business explores the potential for sustainable natural rubber.