That athletes arriving for the Olympics, handed out condoms to promote safe sex, no longer news. Surprisingly another - that sexual activity in the midst of Olympic competition is increasing. In 2000, all 70 thousand condoms were harvested in demand, which were distributed among all delegations, but they were not enough, we had to find urgently more 20 thousand. In Athens (2004), this figure increased to 130 thousand, and even in Beijing dropped to 100 thousand, 150 thousand reached in London (2012), the trend has become stronger and the number of condoms distributed in 2008.
On the eve of the games in Rio, it was decided to triple that figure this year. Stocked 350,000 male and 100,000 female condoms. And in addition to these 175 thousand packs of lubricants will be distributed. This, of course, manifested the generous nature of the Brazilian, but his role was played by virus of Zika.
Perhaps for this reason, under the distribution of free contraceptives will get not only the athletes, but also the rest of the population. The difference with other similar campaigns (during the carnival in Rio de Janeiro were distributed 70 million condoms) is that the Olympic - much more environmentally friendly.
The banner of environmental protection has been raised by Natex, located in Xapuri, a small town of the State of Acre (north of Brazil), to the west of the Amazon, and almost on the border with Bolivia. The difference of condoms produced by her usual is that they are made from latex, which is extracted from rubber trees of the Amazon employees participating in the national program for the protection of traditional forms of life.
The objective of this program - to get rid of illegal timber cutters and simultaneously implement the careful use of resources of the tropical jungle. Collectors of rubber themselves turned into zealous guardians of the rainforest. Ultimately, Natex factory, known as the "factory of love", and government programs made their lives more stable.
On the one hand, Natex could employ hundreds of workers (although this month, at least 30 of them filed complaints because of wage arrears due to corruption) and to guarantee them a fair price for rubber, which is 270% higher than the market. And besides, this is a huge step forward in the prevention of deforestation provoked by illegal deforestation for pasture, soya plantations or proper for the production of timber. All this became the cause of constant conflict, including fatalities, among rubber tappers and cutters. There were times when, in order to remove from the path of Wildlife Defenders of Amazonia, invited assassins.
Natex company was founded in 2008 completely on the budget (about 120 million dollars) and was supported by the then president Lula da Silva. In those years, Brazil exported about one billion condoms a year. Currently, there is made of about 100 million products per year, which in full go to the needs of the Brazilian Ministry of Health. That number, of course, is not enough for it to meet the needs of the domestic market, but nonetheless a significant figure. Only in the 2016 Olympics in Rio Natex distribute more than 9 million free condoms made of latex, as we are assured in the company, for this reason, more elastic and durable than from imported, mainly Malaysian, raw materials.