Are rubber and latex the same thing? | U.S. Plastic - Latex en plastic
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Latex and plastic, though similar, are two very different compounds. Latex is formed from a natural chemical reaction in a tree, while plastic is formed from a process using petroleum. Latex is produced in the Brazilian rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis. Latex is a stable dispersion (emulsion) of polymer microparticles in an aqueous medium. It is found in nature, but synthetic latexes can be made by polymerizing.