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Organic Latex

By Pradeepa_CML

The Dark Side of Latex:

One of the dark secrets of the mattress industry is that “latex” actually refers to two very different substances — all-natural latex and what they call “natural” latex, which is a synthetic blend. While natural latex is made from fluid collected by tapping the rubber tree, synthetic latex is made from petrochemicals. Synthetic latex was designed to mimic the properties of latex, but in my experience these materials, while similar, do have different feels and different properties. And in my research, I’ve found a variety of factors that make organic latex a superior product and sleep surface.

Organic Latex – The Real Thing

Organic latex is surprisingly different from blends of natural and synthetic latex, or all synthetic latex, because it’s more responsive, elastic, and much livelier. Also, organic latex does not sleep hot, and dust mites can’t live in it due to its unique organic properties. It also has more of a buoyant quality than other materials, which keeps you from having to dig your way out of a rut or gulley when you want to turn over. All-natural latex allows you to effortlessly roll from side to back or side to belly, which prevents disruption of natural sleep patterns.

Organic latex is not foam. Latex is rubber. Latex will not take a body impression. Foam will, and synthetic latex is foam, so it will take body impressions. Memory foam is a closed cell technology, and when those cells break open, your mattress forms body impressions. Also, anything that has layers of soft poly our urethane foams will eventually compact and form body impressions. That is why convoluted foam is more susceptible to body impressions – the ridges break down and the problem gets worse.

Major “S” brands who manufacture synthetic latex are tricky. Trying to pass a mattress as even all natural latex, they use the term “100% genuine latex”, when it’s really latex blended with a synthetic – in the same way that “genuine zirconia” is not a real diamond. Unfortunately, the government allows a manufacturer to put an “All-Natural Latex” label on their mattresses as long as 80% is latex. They also don’t require manufacturers or retailers to disclose the toxic chemicals in their mattresses. That means the mattress you’re sleeping on could contain lead, formaldehyde or other toxic chemicals, and the manufacturer would not be required to tell you!

I recently was looking at their latex mattresses. When I asked to see a latex mattress they showed me a polyurethane foam mattress with a inch of latex in it and they called that a latex mattress. Really!

Interestingly enough, latex from the rubber tree has natural defenses against bugs. The anti-dust mite quality makes organic latex appealing to people with hypersensitivity to allergens, too: Mold, mildew, bacteria, and fungal organisms will not inhabit natural latex! But as soon as you start adding synthetic latex, those properties start to fade. The more synthetic there is in the mix, the less of a repellant effect the latex will have, which is why it’s important to ask for organic latex to reap the benefits. Many salespeople don’t really know what is in the mattresses they are selling you – if they did, they (hopefully) wouldn’t sell it to you.

Despite the benefits of organic latex, most mattress manufacturers use cheaper synthetic latex in their mattresses, or blend natural latex with the less expensive synthetic latex. Why? We couldn’t find any real benefits for the user (although some manufacturers claim synthetic latex is a bit more resilient). The bottom line is cost – it is simply less expensive for manufacturers to use synthetic latex or a blend of natural and synthetic.

By the time the mattresses are sold to the consumer, though, there is very little difference in price between the synthetic or synthetic blend latex beds and the organic latex beds. Since there is a real difference in the comfort, hypo-allergenic properties, longevity and eco-friendly features and toxicity, I believe that an organic mattress is, by far, a superior product and a better value. At Mountain Air Organic beds, our mattresses are truly customizable – not just the top layer, but all layers.

What is the big secret? Why are some companies refusing to disclose how they make their mattresses without wool or toxic flame retardants? What are they hiding in their mattresses? Are the covers quilted to add comfort? Or are they made as cheaply as possible, sacrificing comfort, customization and longevity?

Our Organic Dunlop latex beats everything on the market – particularly expensive, toxic memory foam that emits formaldehyde and never disintegrates in landfills. Also, organic latex mattresses are clearly better than innerspring foam mattresses, which have a planned obsolescence of 2-3 years (still only 5-7 years for slightly better mattresses).

We found that 10% of all imported rubber we tested has soft spots. These soft spots often end up in mattresses, causing customer service issues. This is why we know we have the finest Dunlop and Talalay rubber in the world. Our rubber is more consistent. It’s made in a mould without no toxic glues and no soft spots – we guarantee it.

Depending upon your weight and usage of the bed, you could expect a good, organic mattress to last 25 – 30 years, as long as there are no foams, fillers or synthetic latex blended into it. You can trust Mountain Air Organic Beds to sell only certified organic latex.

That my friend is the Mountain Air Organic Beds difference and why we make our own organic mattresses customized for you. So we can control the quality of our own products. Made fresh for you, right here in Arkansas.

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