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What Makes an Organic Latex Mattress Organic?

What Makes an Organic Latex Mattress Organic?

The “Organic Mattress”

In the last decade or so, organic certificate standard has transformed from being the underdog to becoming peoples favorite. Organic certification might still be a somewhat new concept but it’s not staying there. It has gradually stretched out from fruit and vegetable to preserved foods to fabrics and like every other overachieving child is expanding into other end-user markets. Which brings us to the “organic bed”. What makes organic latex mattress organic?

Like everything else, when a new unique idea hits the marketplace, there’re ten new “knock-offs” in the morning. And the organic bed isn’t an exception. There have been tons of misinformation, misapplication, misunderstanding, and misuse about the organic mattress and like any good mother, we feel the responsibility to intervene, educate and clarify.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the ways the term “organic” has been applied and misapplied in the organic mattress world.

Certification Standards

When it comes to organic certification, there’re two major bodies for organic manufacturers. The first one is the U.S. Department of Agriculture – short for USDA – and their certification is primarily focused and available in the US markets.

The second one is the Global Organic Textile Standards – short for GOTS certification. GOTS certifies materials and foods at two stages…

Organic: the contents must contain at least 70% organic ingredients and materials and on the other hand; “certified organic” which contains at least 95% “pure” organic ingredients and materials.

Even though it is not an officially-recognized USDA-approved certification, GOTS is widely used in European markets and on the rare occasion will appear in the American market. However, in the US market, only USDA’s organic standard is approved and deemed “official”.

Organic Latex Mattress

Troubles with Organic Certification

Everywhere you look these days you will find one product to another claiming to be “organic” from fertilizers to preserved foods to mattresses. Take a closer look on the label. And if there’s no explicit USDA or GOTS certification, you’re more than likely dealing with a company trying to pass on their product as “organic” just so they could make sales.

According to The Washington Post, even when you see a strong USDA certification on some labels, it may not be completely accurate. Up to 5% of non-organic ingredients are approved by USDA as long as they’re also approved by the National Organic Standards Board. And sometimes few chemicals, that are anything but healthy, are allowed in approved products that are still labeled organic.

Organic Latex

Sometime they will try to fool you with cross-talks about the latex industry and natural latex. The phrase “Organically grown” simply refers the processes involved in growing the rubber tree plant which brings liquid latex into being when tapped.

Organically grown latex is manufactured from a tree that is nurtured following organic agricultural standards. Be careful because this kind of latex can still be developed using harmful chemicals while camouflaging it as a quality mattress.

Organic Latex Mattress Production

It is possible – at least theoretically – to create completely organic mattress using the Dunlop method. Producing mattresses using the Dunlop method involves inserting the latex into a mold and letting it cool off. But in order to decrease particulate separation in the liquid, most Dunlop method used today add various stabilizers such as sulfur to give you the smoothest and strongest latex mattress possible.

It is impossible to have a 100% organic product, because latex sap alone can not be formed into the latex layers without using a few natural adhesives. Talalay latex is manufactured with specific equipment. And there’s no comparison to the incredibly soft and quality latex the talalay process offers.

Talalay Latex Process

After the sap from the natural rubber tree has been collected, the latex has to be transported from the rubber tree estate to the processing facility.

So, in order to preserve the latex in its fluid form, chemicals must be added to slow the liquid latex’s natural congealing process – usually ammonia. Some argue that ammonia completely evaporates or burns out in the vulcanization process may be open to interpretation, however, the strong proof remains that the final product cannot be certified as “pure” organic as ammonia has been added. A big factor to consider is where you bought you talalay latex mattress. With a number of manufacturers available, some have a very pure talalay latex.

Natural Mattress Matters carries the cradle to cradle certification on our talalay latex, which is one of the highest standards in the industry.

What Makes Organic Latex Mattress Organic

Manufacturing mattresses that are completely pure and chemical-free can be a challenging process. And it’s more than likely, that mattress you’ve been eyeing through the window that’s labeled “organic” is, in fact, have only one component like, a wool mattress topper or an organic Dunlop core that’s actually 100% certified organic.

So when shopping for “organic latex”, the safe cause of action would be to ask where the latex was originally grown, how it was transported and how it was treated during production.

As you can already tell most mattresses claiming to be “organic latex mattress” are not entirely telling the whole truth as most are not even entirely natural. If you want a natural mattress and bedding, the good rule of thumb is to make sure that you are buying from a trustworthy retailer.

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What’s a Rubber Mattress

What’s A Rubber Mattress?

Ever gone into a mattress store and hear the salesperson talk about “rubber mattress?” I know, you’re probably confused, and maybe you’re already picturing a bed that’s made of a trampoline, right?

Well, it’s totally fine if you’re new to the concept about rubber mattresses because this post is just perfect for you as I’ll be giving you a quick rundown on all you need to know about rubber mattresses. Besides, no one wants a bed that’s “uncomfy” and all bouncy. Let’s get started, shall we?

SO WHAT DOES THE TERM “RUBBER” MEAN?

Well, it’s an appropriate although dated term for latex. So, when you say Natural latex foam rubber, you’re still saying Natural latex foam as they’re one and the same thing. Now, sap is collected or tapped from a rubber tree and harvested, from there, it’s taken to a centrifuge, a machine with a rapidly rotating container that turns the sap into foam. From there, it’s transformed into molds and steam-baked.

Mattress Rubber

So, in essence, the process begins with the sap that’s collected from the rubber tree and the end product is a natural latex mattress. So, when you hear a salesperson say, “rubber mattress,” you don’t need to worry about anything. It’s just an old-school term for the best mattress material you can find.

Rubber Latex Mattress

Ever slept on a natural latex foam mattress? If you haven’t, you’re missing paradise on earth. Why? That’s because, it’s one of the best surfaces ever for sleeping no matter what your bed goals are, supportive or soft.

Now, we’re in a time where people are trying to bring back Natural latex for the production of mattresses, a revival of sorts. Why is this, you might ask? Well, long before the development and use of synthetic chemical foam products, durable and comfortable natural foam rubber was a very popular material for making beds.

At the time, people casted it aside because of its synthetic substitutes, and as you know, people tend to feel everything new is better so, it naturally fell out of favor with the world, and you could see various artificial substitutes for natural materials including foam rubber, began to consume the marketplace.

Rubber Mattress

Foam Rubber Mattress

But just as quality is king in every aspect and industry of life, people are starting to see just how important natural rubber foam is, not only to them but the environment and their health in general. People are now more self-aware and increasingly alert about what they eat and use and the materials that are used in their production, most especially what they sleep on and breathe next to every single night.

That being said, it goes without saying just how important rubber mattresses are and why you shouldn’t take any other material as a substitute if you really take your health and sleep seriously. In addition, our mattresses use GOTS organic cotton for the cover and natural wool as the Fire Retardant. Both of which have tremendous benefits for the sleeper. Since we use wool as the FR we avoid using those toxic chemicals that conventional mattress companies use.

Rubber Bed

So, whatever you call it, natural latex mattresses, rubber mattresses, anything you want to call them, we at Natural Mattress Matters make sure to combine and give you a unique blend of quality, style, and comfortability that’s just perfect for you and at a price that’s just suited for your pocket. We’ll be more than happy to show you our rubber mattress collections.

So, what are you waiting for? Check us out locally or call to place your order for a pure natural mattress.