Brazil produces 'rainforest' condoms
8th April 2008
According to the BBC, the Brazilian government has begun producing condoms using rubber from trees in the Amazon. The health ministry says the move will help preserve the largest rainforest in the world and cut dependence on imported contraceptives. The Brazilian government has one of the biggest programmes in the world to distribute free condoms in the fight against the disease.
The new state-run factory is in the north-western state of Acre, and will initially produce 100 million condoms a year, which will be known by the name Natex. The health ministry says the condoms will be the only ones in the world made of latex harvested from a tropical forest. Click here to read the full story.