What is Natural Latex?
Natural latex is made of sap harvested from rubber trees. The sap is whipped into a froth and baked into cozy latex layers.
True natural latex, without synthetic latex or fillers blended in, is simply natural foam rubber.
Our Dunlop supplier’s rubber growing operations are certified organic according to USDA standards. Their processing is certified organic according to the GOLS (Global Organic Latex) standard established by the Control Union. We also offer the purest natural Talalay latex available, which is Cradle to Cradle GOLD certified and meets sustainable forestry practices.
The best quality latex is comprised of 95-97% natural latex, with the remaining percentage being the curing agents that allow the sap to bake into a solid piece of latex.
For comfortable sleep, you need a responsive surface for pressure relief and appropriate support for your spine and your shape. Natural latex foam is so versatile it can meet all of these needs.
With a customizable, layered design, a natural latex mattress can be made very soft, very firm or a wide range of options in between—even on different sides.
Unlike most other foams, natural latex breathes, which discourages buildup of moisture and heat in the mattress interior.
Latex does not transfer motion the way most innersprings do, so you can say “goodnight” to bouncing in your partner’s wake.
A group of farmers with small holdings in southern India, in an area called Kerala, came together to have their rubber trees certified organic according to USDA standards. This was a painstaking process that Cocolatex, our Dunlop supplier, has been proud to support. The farmers use methane digesters to power their homesteads, and only organic fertilizer is used on the young trees. No chemical pesticides or herbicides are allowed.
Natural latex foam is made from rubber tree sap, which is also called rubber serum. After the serum is collected, the trees’ bark heals rapidly. Rubber trees can yield latex for as long as 30 years. When the trees are harvested, the land is replanted. Rubberwood is one of the hardest and most recommended furniture woods, according to the Sustainable Furnishings Council.
Most natural latex mattresses last as long as two or three conventional mattresses while keeping their shape and wonderful resilience. Investing in a mattress made of quality, natural materials is truly worth it.
Read on for comprehensive detail on natural latex, including the two different types, how it’s made, organic latex, natural variations, and more.