When you hear the word latex, the last thing that probably comes to mind is “natural” or “organic.” In fact, the material is typically associated with synthetics and chemicals. But did you know that latex is originally sourced straight from nature?
Latex is a great material to include in a mattress because of its ability to relieve pressure points. As a company that prides itself on using all certified organic materials in its mattresses, we had to find a way to still bring pressure point relief to our customers while maintaining our use of organic materials. So what actually is certified organic latex and what are the benefits? Keep reading!
What is Organic Latex?
Organic latex begins from the milk of a rubber tree. This process is very similar to maple tapping. It is then brought to the factory and processed to fit organic standards. The liquid rubber tree milk is whipped and poured into big molds, almost like waffle molds, where it emerges as a durable, springy foam.
At Naturepedic, we will only use organic latex that is certified or approved by a third-party organization. And, we never put synthetics in our products.
Specifically, we only source organic latex that is certified to the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) or approved for use in organic mattresses by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). While there are different processes used to make latex, GOLS only certifies latex made by the Dunlop Process, the most energy efficient process of producing latex foam. This standard requires latex be made from organic rubber milk and not from petroleum. Also, GOLS requires that our certified organic suppliers operate with purity and fair labor practices. Learn more about our GOLS certification here.
How Does Synthetic Latex Differ
While organic latex starts from the rubber tree milk, synthetic latex does not. Synthetic latex is made from petrochemicals rather than rubber trees. When making synthetic latex, fillers are added to create more firmness options, but it also means adding more harmful chemicals to the material.
When to Use/ Not Use Organic Latex?
Due to the strength and springiness of organic latex, we use it in a lot of our adult products. Between that and the pressure point relieving ability, latex, especially organic latex, is an obvious material to include in mattresses and toppers.
While organic latex has many benefits, in rare instances, it may be allergenic. This is why, as a precaution, you won’t find any form of latex in our baby or kids products. We also offer latex-free options for our adult mattresses if you have any allergy concerns.