menu

Triple Pundit: Eco-Products Mogul To Sell Sustainable Condoms

Triple Pundit: Eco-Products Mogul To Sell Sustainable Condoms
Advertising

Jeffrey Holleneder comes up with a way to produce green and labor-friendly rubbers using latex from certified organic and Fair Trade plantations.

Triple Pundit
  • 25 march 2013

Twenty years ago, Jeffrey Hollender trademarked the name “Rainforest Rubbers” with the idea that he would produce a condom made of rubber harvested in the Amazon. Instead he co-founded and ran Seventh Generation, a now ubiquitous line of natural cleaning and personal care products.

In 2010, a year after Hollender stepped down as CEO and served as the company’s executive chairman, Seventh Generation’s board of directors cut his ties with the company.

When Hollender became a free agent, he decided to revisit his condom dream, now planning to launch an organic and Fair Trade line of rubbers by the end of the year, he reported recently in a presentation at SOCAP:Soul, held at MIT.

“Condoms are incredibly important for health reasons, but because the product is a good and important product and serves a critical function, people have not asked the question of ‘Where did it come from and how is it made?’” said Hollender on a recent phone call from India, where he was working on the supply chain for the new business.

So where does the latex for condoms come from and how is it made? Latex is the sap of the rubber tree, Hollender explained. Like maple syrup, latex runs into a container through a small incision in the side of the rubber tree. The tree itself originated in Brazil, but there are almost no rubber plantations left there anymore. They’re now in Africa and Asia, having been brought there by the British in the 19th century.

Needless to say, there are many issues with latex production that Hollender is trying to address. One is the significant amount of child labor, plus health and sanitation issues on and around the plantations, explained Hollander. And on the environmental and human health side, rubber plantations use pesticides and ammonia, which is employed to clean latex and keep it from gelling during processing.

No one so far has been able to come up with an alternative to the ammonia problem, nor the formation of a carcinogenic byproduct of the vulcanization process, which uses sulfur to make the rubber less sticky and more durable in heat and cold.

But Hollender is on the case. His new venture is shaping up to be an impressive example of a truly holistic approach to sustainable business.

Continue reading on Triple Pundit

Original article by Lonnie Shekhtman. Originally published by Triple Pundit, republished with kind permission.

 

Advertising
Trending

Lancôme's Newest Campaign Stars A Domestic Abuse Survivor

Advertising
Arts & Culture Yesterday

Small Urban Pavilions Create A Nature Refuge In East London

These relaxing micro shelters provide a haven amidst chaotic city environments

Travel Yesterday

Travel Laundry Pouch Washes Your Clothes Wherever You Are

The Scrubba Wash Bag helps anyone wash their clothes easily and quickly with just a little water and soap

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Social Media Yesterday

Swipe Up To Register To Vote On Snapchat

The social platform has partnered with TurboVote to help young people easily enroll in less than one minute

Children Yesterday

Battle Card Game Promotes Childhood Vaccinations

An Australian doctor has developed a playful way to inform parents about immunization and entertain kids

Related Expert

Mike Karnjanaprakorn

Sharing Economy, Education, Community

Fitness / Sport Yesterday

Oakley And Intel’s Sunglasses Give You A Built-In Personal Trainer Wherever You Go

The sunglasses/earbuds hybrid tracks your performance and lets you know how well your workouts are going

Experiential Marketing Yesterday

UNICEF’s ‘Time Machine’ Tells Stories With Data

An experiential installation at the UN General Assembly reminds us why every child matters

Design & Architecture Yesterday

Watch The World’s Tallest Building Become An LED Display

Burj Khalifa gives a backstage look at how the transformation came to be

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed Yesterday

Modern Workplace Culture: No More Fat Cats Or Kissing Ass

Samar Birwadker, CEO & Co-Founder of Good & Co, on designing shared organizational values to optimize employee happiness and success

PSFK Labs september 22, 2016

The Future Of Work: Why Innovation Is Every Employee’s Job

PSFK Labs sits down with management at Johnson & Johnson to learn how the company comes up with their next ‘big idea’

Travel Yesterday

Boeing Wants To Make Your Flight Better With Cloud And Star Projections

The manufacturer is trying to patent a projection system that would allow them to project images onto a plane's interior surfaces

Latin America Yesterday

Colombians Teach Dance To Fund Students’ Education

Chocó to Dance is a platform that shows you how to replicate popular Latin dances to help create scholarships for local students

Work Yesterday

Editorial Roundtable: What A People-First Workplace Must Prioritize First

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary, AltSchool and thinkPARALLAX on why employee fulfillment is a journey and not a destination

Culture Yesterday

Brand Engagement At The Gates Of The World’s Largest Open-Air Gallery

Tiger Beer and a neighborhood-minded nonprofit celebrate and promote New York's creative spirit by beautifying 100 security gates

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Technology Yesterday

How Technology Can Save The World By Saving Time

PSFK attends the Social Good Summit 2016 to see how new tech is changing the world for the better

Travel Yesterday

Marriott’s Gravity Room Installation Gives Travelers A New Perspective

The luxury hotel chain's #MGravityRoom invites visitors to snap and share pictures of its inverted set up

No search results found.