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FSC Latex Adhesive

Posted on 25th May 2016 @ 1:37 PM



*Forest Stewardship Council, Germany


The natural rubber production sector, while providing a vital industrial raw material, plays a major role in the socio-economic fabric of many developing countries of the hot humid tropics. However, the environmental damages caused by this sector has become a serious issue, especially the ones relating to changes in land use, terrain modification, soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, effects on hydrological cycle and air and water pollution sourced at latex processing.

An area of 687.855 hectare in the foothills of the southern-most end of the Western Ghats in peninsular India has been analyzed for its environmental consequences as a mandatory requirement for renewal of its FSC certification, through an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study. The study was performed by a multidisciplinary team of experts (environment specialist, ecologist, plant taxonomist and wildlife biologist) through field survey, subsequent analyses, and integrated assessment of impacts involving checklist and matrix approaches. Soil and water quality analyses were made following standard methods in approved laboratories. Earlier reports to standard operating procedures, floral and faunal inventory, etc. were referred. Comprehensive checklists of flora and fauna with thrust on corridor areas housing mixed dry deciduous/ scrubby vegetation have been prepared. The estate area houses 406 species of flowering plants, 12 species of ferns and fern allies and one species of gymnosperm. Of 406 species of flowering plants recorded, 27 species are endemics, including an exclusive endemic species to Tamil Nadu, viz. Biophytum longibracteatum. Twenty three species of fruit plants, 24 trees of timber value, and 79 species of medicinal plants have also been recorded. Invertebrate fauna comprises of 21 species of butterflies, six species of moths and four species of beetles. Vertebrate fauna includes 5 species of amphibians, 12 reptiles, 44 birds and 22 species of mammals. Information on rare category (IUCN) species of plants and animals has been provided. The corridor areas have been found protected satisfactorily. However, it needs to ensure continuity at some locations. This could be achieved through planting of indigenous trees and bushes in gap areas. Though such effort have been made in the past, it is significant to make appropriate species selection in conformity with the component species of corridor vegetation with thrust on indigenous trees and bushes. Further, a plan for population restoration of conservation significant species has been provided. Environment management plan also include measures for terrain protection and soil erosion control, wildlife protection and awareness creation among workers other people connected with the maintenance of the estate and its processing units, including effluent treatment facility. A Social Impact Assessment (SIA) study has been made concurrently for addressing such issues.

In keeping with our environmental policy of conserving the natural resources, with emphasis on preserving native flora and fauna of the estate, and our commitment to improving the conservation measures of the soil and water resources, coupled with the earnest wish to comply all applicable environmental legislations and regulations encouraged us to go in for FSC certified latex.

Latex collected from FSC Certified plantation is taken into the factory for processing Cenex, which is subsequently converted to SS Latex and supplied to FSC customers. FSC Latex currently is going mainly catering to German customers who are strictly following FSC/ FRA regulations. For them only those chemicals permitted by FSC/ FRA (both in field & factory) are used, so that the environmental impact is very minimal.


FSC Latex & GOTS

FSC Latex as per GOTS standards (4.0) mentioned in 2.4.9. is permissible raw materials (under the 5% rule).

It is certified according to a program that verifies compliance with sustainable forestry management principles