The Manufacturing Process
Vulcana® products are made from discarded car tires that come from American landfills. The recycled tires are devulcanized (i.e., ground so finely that the carbon molecules are actually broken), compounded and cured as sheet rubber alone or with hemp. It is easiest to equate the manufacturing process to that of baking a cake; the compound (cake batter) is calendered (spread out onto a sheet) and cured (baked).
We use hemp in our fuzun™ line because it is an eco-friendly sustainable material which requires no pesticides to grow and actually improves the soil in which it grows. Currently, we import our hemp from Romania, since it is illegal to grow it in the United States. We continue to search for additional sources and may be looking for suppliers in North America.
The entire process from start to finish is done in the U.S.A. No one rubber company handles every aspect of turning discarded car tires into Vulcana® sheet rubber. The process is highly technical and carried out very carefully in discrete stages.