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Condoms from the Rainforest

Around 40 percent of condoms worldwide are made of latex extracted from rubber trees. Now some of them are being produced on-site in the Brazilian Amazon.

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The government-backed latex factory in the state of Acre uses only local latex. The project helps preserve the Amazon by using sustainable materials and methods, and the work provides an income for the rubber tappers. The condoms are distributed free of charge as part of a national campaign against sexually-transmitted diseases.