The rubber tree originated in the Amazon jungle. Currently, it grows on plantations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the west coast of Africa.
The name “rubber” refers to the ability of the substance to rub off markings.
The scientific community once declared rubber useless because it was gummy in the summer, stiff in the winter, and it rapidly deteriorated.
A machine called the "Masticator" allows rubber to be softened, mixed, and shaped and was invented in London in 1820 by Thomas Hancock.
Rubber bands made their first debut, primitively, in 1823.
A 2mm swath is shaved every other day in the bark of mature rubber trees. Latex sap slowly drips into a cup, and is collected and processed.
An average rubber tree yields 19 pounds of rubber latex annually. It requires 700,000 rubber trees to supply Alliance each year with natural rubber.
If we laid our annual rubber band production end-to-end, the bands would encircle the globe fifty times or cover the distance between the earth and moon 5 1/2 times. We service customers in 25 countries.
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
Andy Rooney named Rubber Bands as "one of the ten greatest inventions of the century."
The movie “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” shows File Bands holding Michael Douglas’ files together when he leaves prison.