Latex is diverse.
Latex is a very useful material, and many varieties can be found in many household items. In fact, some companies even blend traditional latex rubber with organic latex, or manufacture different components with different types of material. It’s not often that you find organic latex without looking for it, since cheaper synthetic rubbers can be made from polymers. That’s why it’s so important to know about the construction specifics of your latex mattress if you decide to go the organic route.
Regular Latex and Organic Latex
What you might call “regular latex” is normally made from synthetic products like urethane or polyurethane. These substances can be manufactured to be as soft as an eraser or as hard as a bowling ball. For mattresses, the molecules of rubber are emulsified so they become suspended in the form of a foam. Since our mattresses include either natural latex or organic latex, we’ll stick to exploring the kinds made from the sap of the rubber tree.
Organic Latex Mattresses
When it comes to our latex mattresses, not every component is completely made of latex, but each component is organic. Our models use only organic cotton covering materials, and they don’t include any chemicals or other substances mixed in with the latex. Non-organic latex can include a mix of organic and synthetic latex, or contain other types of non-organic material.
Perks of Organic Latex
- Durability: Organic latex will usually last longer than synthetic or mixed latex. Compared with other mattress-construction materials, latex is among the most durable in general. It keeps its shape and buoyancy better than most springs and foams. Organic latex brings the peace of mind that it will not give off chemicals and does not contain any questionable substances. Most latex mattress models haven’t yet been tested by time, but some manufacturers claim they can last up to 30 years!
- Sustainability: Purely natural latex is a completely renewable resource. When tapping is done masterfully, a single tree can be tapped twice a week for over 25 years. Pure, natural, organic latex may even be compostable.
Bottom Line: Both types of latex mattresses meet specific consumer preferences with regard to comfort, support, and longevity. The real difference with organic latex lies in the certainty that your mattress won’t be giving off any substances you’d rather not have in your house. As is true of other decisions, choosing organic minimizes the impact of your purchase on the global ecosystem.
If you’re ready to buy a new mattress but haven’t explored latex options, give one a spin before you go all in. Stop in at A Goodnight Sleepstore mattress warehouse when you have an hour to focus on comfort. If it changes your life, you’ll be grateful. If you hate it, you’ll know exactly what you won’t be missing.