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Natural rubber is the sap collected from some trees (commonly rubber plants). From this sap latex is extracted from which natural rubber is produced. Rubber is an elastomer.
An elastomer is defined as a polymer having the ability of hyper elasticity that is on straining the polymer, it does not deform. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are responsible for around 72% of all natural rubber production.
In a SHTF situation this could be a great way of making items for trade and barter. Great for homemade fixes and make toys for kids.