Fair Trade Rubber
Natural latex from India
The natural latex for our Fair Rubber Association certified condoms comes from the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India.
The latex for the Fair Squared condoms is produced at New Ambadi, a rubber plantation in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It‘s sold under Fair Trade conditions. Sustainable production leads to increased biodiversity, animals have returned, plants thrive. The plantation offers environmental awareness classes, observations are shared with nearby villages. Respect and attention to detail not just in regard to nature are a shared responsibility. Social responsibility and cooperation are important at New Ambadi. The Fair Trade premium paid on every kg of latex is used to improve the living and working conditions of the plantation workers. Workers and management decide jointly on how to use the Fair Trade premium. Access to medical treatment has been improved, student can apply for grants and loans and there is an additional pension scheme for the workers could be set up.
Fair Rubber Standard
Fair Squared uses many different ingredients and the Fair Trade International (FLO) has developed Fair Trade criteria for a lot but not for all of them – there are simply too many raw materials. One of them is natural latex or rubber. Natural latex is the product of the tropical tree "Hevea Brasiliensis". If a FLO certification for a certain raw material doesn’t exist we work with other fair trade initiatives like Fair Rubber.
The Fair Rubber Association was founded with the "aim of the Association to contribute to an improvement of the working- and living conditions of the primary producers of natural latex (rubber), by applying the principles of Fair Trade to the trade in products made from natural rubber". That‘s what it says in the Fair Rubber constitution – but what does it actually mean?
Fair Rubber is a good thing for a lot of people. In particular the primary producers of natural latex, the rubber tappers, plantation workers and small scale farmers should be able to participate in Fair Trade. But because of low world market prices for rubber they are often unable to adequately provide for their families.
This is where Fair Rubber Association steps in: The members of the Fair Rubber Association pay 0.50 € per kilogram of Dry Rubber Content (DRC) to the Fair Rubber Association. The Fair Trade Premium ensures (in all likelihood) that the costs of production are met even when world market prices are very low. In most instances the Fair Trade Premium leaves a margin that can be used to improve living and working conditions. The board of the small scale farmers' cooperative or, on plantations, a committee consisting of workers, elected by the workforce and delegates of the management team decide on how to spend the Fair Trade premium.
At present Fair Squared condoms carry the Fair Rubber Logo.
For more information got to https://www.fairrubber.org