Here at Trackout Control Mats, we specialize in helping construction sites create an effective stabilized construction entrance made completely from recycled rubber. Our trackout control mats are environmentally friendly, very affordable, and are so portable you can use them again and again on different construction sites. Our amazing stabilized construction entrance product was only possible because of the development of rubber as we know it today. In today’s blog at Trackout Control Mats, we take a brief look at the history of rubber and some of its most pivotal moments.
First Known Use
One of the earliest known uses of rubber dates all the way back to the early cultures of Mesoamerica. The early Mesoamerican cultures discovered that latex from the nearby trees could be turned into rubber. They ended up using rubber to create a rubber ball that could be used for games. As time went on, cultures like the Maya and the Aztecs discovered that they could use the latex to create rubber for creating waterproof containers.
Rubber Gets Scientific
In the early to mid-1700s is when the history of rubber becomes more closely documented. In fact, it was around this time that a French scientist started working with rubber and provided academic literature and samples to the scientific community. His academic work helped to shed light on the many unique properties of rubber.
A few years after rubber was introduced to the scientific community, it was then discovered that rubber was and is incredibly effective at removing pencil marks from paper. In fact, in many parts of the world, erasers are still referred to as “rubbers.”
Today, our team at Trackout Control Mats use what was discovered all those years ago by French scientist and creates a fantastic stabilized construction entrance solution out of recycled rubber. Learn more about or stabilized construction entrance solutions and find yours here at Trackout Control Mats.
The 19th Century
The 19th century is really when exciting things started happening in the world of rubber. The early 1800s is when rubber was used in clothing to make the first-ever raincoats. Fast forward a few years. An American inventor by the name of Charles Goodyear accidentally makes a revolutionary discovery. Goodyear was working with rubber treated with sulfur and accidentally dropped it onto a hot stovetop. The stovetop made the rubber char and have a more leathery texture but also maintain its flexible characteristics. Vulcanized rubber was widely used in a variety of products around the world and is still used in many products today.
Though vulcanized rubber is a great, multi-purpose material, we choose to use recycled rubber for all of our stabilized construction entrance solutions here at Trackout Control Mats. The commercial process for recycling rubber from scratch was first discovered a few years later in the late 1870s — and our business wouldn’t be the same without it. Recycled rubber helps us reduce our environmental impact and maintain a high standard of quality. Learn more about our stabilized construction entrance solution here at Trackout Control Mats and order yours today!
Toward the end of the 19th century, the automobile is born. Air-filled tires proved to be an effective solution for moving gas-powered automobiles. The demand for rubber skyrocketed and producing rubber became the gold rush. Populations of towns tripled overnight, infrastructure was put in place for towns that no one had ever heard of, and the rubber trade industry was born.
The Great Heist
Around the same time, a great rubber heist was being committed. Someone by the name of Henry Wickham smuggled 70,000 rubber tree seeds from Brazil to England. Of these seeds, only about 3% of them successfully germinated. But, even though the success rate was low, it was enough to produce seedlings that were then sent all over the world to India, Indonesia, Singapore, and other locations. This made it so other countries could compete for rubber trade and production rather than just South America.
In today’s day and age, in most cases, it’s normal to see a synthetic rubber rather than a traditional latex rubber. Synthetic rubbers were created by studying the structure of latex-based rubber. Without all those who came before us using, studying, and producing rubber, the creation of synthetic rubber would not have been possible.
Trackout Control Mats
Rubber has come a long way from the days of the Aztecs and early Mesoamerican cultures. We think rubber’s history is fascinating since, after all, it’s a large part of what we do here at Trackout Control Mats. We make sure we do business as sustainably and environmentally conscientious as possible. That’s why all of our stabilized construction entrance products are made from 100% recycled rubber. Order yours today and get the trackout control your construction site deserves.