PLA is a type of polyester material derived from starchy plants (and not from petroleum). The process begins with 100% plant starch, which gets turned into sugar and fermented to create lactic acid. A molecule called lactide is created in this process, and when you remove the water from lactide, it creates a high-performance polymer called polylactide, or PLA.
PLA is a useful and versatile material used in many industries, like food packaging and biomedical applications. It’s also a soft, comfortable material that wicks moisture and resists body impressions, making it an excellent choice for our organic mattresses. Our PLA is made from non-GMO sugarcane and does not contain or off-gas harmful chemicals. In addition, PLA is a more sustainable alternative to petroleum-based materials.