Types of Latex
It’s important to note that not all latex is the same. Below we break down the different categories.
Dunlop Latex: Dunlop latex is a type of natural latex. Dunlop is considered the denser of the two types of natural latex and is known for being supportive and durable. It’s particularly helpful to those who like a firm mattress but is available in softer densities as well.
The Dunlop latex used in Savvy Rest mattresses is certified organic by GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard).
Talalay Latex: Talalay latex is also a type of natural latex. Talalay has a luxurious, pillowy feel that is known to help relieve pressure points, specifically for side sleepers who experience hip and shoulder pain.
The Talalay latex used in Savvy Rest mattresses is Cradle to Cradle GOLD certified, which means it is evaluated for its health and environmental impact. The sap is also sourced from rubber tree plantations that adhere to sustainable forestry practices.
Blended Latex: Blended latex is a mix of natural latex and some sort of synthetic additive. A natural filler can also be used, such as clay. This decreases the cost of the latex for the mattress manufacturer since natural latex is more expensive due to the purity of the material.
A blended latex mattress isn’t the same as a natural latex mattress. The latex layers in a blended latex mattress are on average about 70% natural latex and 30% filler whereas, in a natural latex mattress, the latex layers are at least 95% natural latex.
Keep in mind that there is no such thing as “100% natural latex,” even when looking at certified organic latex. Learn more about this topic here.
Synthetic Latex: Synthetic latex is derived from petrochemicals. It is not considered a natural product and cannot meet the Global Organic Latex Standard, nor be present in a completely GOTS-certified organic mattress. If you’re looking for a truly natural mattress, avoid synthetic latex.