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?
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.
In the last 30 years, Asia has doubled the area of land dedicated to rubber plantations, where environmental abuses run rampant in its complex supply chain. Now, the biggest stakeholders in rubber are setting new standards with the launch of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber.