Made In the Philippines
In the Philippines, natural rubber production is an emerging industry. It ranks 7th in the world rubber production with a total of 390,962 MT produced in 2009 (FAOStat, 2011). Seventy percent of the total natural rubber production is utilized by the tire and construction industries while the rest goes to other non-tire products.
…Like the soles of your Mojo Sandals.
Mojo Sandals Visit the Source of Mojo Soles
We never considered importing our main materials from overseas. We make it our mission to contribute to our nation’s economy and sustainable manufacturing — one sandal at a time.
Mojo Sandals manufacturers Joey Cuerdo and Thea Yusay-Cuerdo visit the source of Mojo Sandals rubber soles. With Mr Martijn Van Baggem, Mojo Sandals Distributor in Europe and Morocco, they check out rubber tree plantations in Bukidnon, Philippines. Thank you, Mr Jeremias Silao, Rubber Project Unit Chief of Central Mindanao University, for showing us around.
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Locally-Grown, High-Quality Rubber
The rubber plantations are located in the mountains of Bukidnon around Musuan, Maramag, and Quezon where the environment remains pristine and the air crisp and cool.
Mr Jeremias Silao shows how sap is harvested from the rubber tree using a process called rubber tapping. An incision is made in the tree’s bark, which cuts through the latex vessels. Sap then drips into a collecting vessel.
A Trickle of Sap is Where It All Starts
Rubber tapping takes care and skill to maximize sap collection and to consider the health and welfare of the tree. When done the proper way, a tapping panel will yield rubber sap for several years.
Joey is reminded of his childhood rolling bouncing balls made of latex!
Thea Yusay-Cuerdo Introduces The Latex Sheets
the raw material used for the soles of Mojo Sandals. The process of making these latex sheets involve rolling the rubber through a textured roller
Ready For Business
Sheets of high-quality rubber sheets are packed into bales ready to be shipped to the buyer.