Categories: Mattress

What is a Latex Mattress?

Many people today are looking for a comfortable mattress that is organic and earth-friendly and is not filled with harmful chemicals. Sadly, many of these people haven’t heard of latex mattresses, which meet all these criteria and more.

The Comfort of Latex Mattresses

Natural latex mattresses accommodate a wide range of comfort needs among the mattress-buying public. They are made from the sap of rubber trees and blended into foam through two separate processes: Dunlop and Talalay.

The Dunlop latex has a firm, dense feel providing the supportive core of the latex mattress. The Talalay top comfort layer provides a layer of softness that cushions pressure points to provide much-needed relief throughout the night. The two latex types could be compared in density to sponge cake and angel food cake respectively. The combination of these two methods makes the Botanical Bliss mattresses by PlushBeds stand out, even among other latex mattresses. Conforming to the shape of your body, these mattresses offer a personalized experience much like memory foam, though they don’t have the quicksand type of effect that some people complain about with memory foam (and they sleep much cooler).

Additionally, as couple who has different comfort needs from their mattress can choose to have one side of their Botanical Bliss mattress made firmer or softer than the other side. Since the layers are not glued together, if you find that the mattress doesn’t feel quite right to you after you’ve had a few weeks to get used to how it feels, you can exchange the comfort layer to make it softer or firmer according to your needs.

What Makes Latex Mattresses Green?

In the case of Botanical Bliss mattresses, many things make these mattresses an eco-friendly choice in mattresses. One of the most revealing, however, is the GOLS Certification. This highly coveted certification means that not only are the mattresses themselves made from traceable certified organic raw ingredients, but also that certain standards in the manufacturing process have been upheld.

On an environmental level, the GOLS Certification indicates that various stages of the mattresses’ life cycles are “green” as well. These include the labeling, distribution, packaging, trading, and processing of the mattresses. The goal is to ensure that the mattresses are not only organic, but also to require businesses to use sustainable processing methods when working with the organic raw ingredients.

Another way that latex mattresses are green is related to the fact that they’re made from the sap of rubber trees. These trees aren’t destroyed in the making of the mattresses and they grow in abundance, making them highly sustainable.

And finally, the Botanical Bliss mattress manufactured by PlushBeds is GreenGuard Gold certified, another coveted certification that less than 1% of all mattresses in the United States ever receives. GreenGuard certification assures that the mattress has met certain standards in regards to VOC’s, and that they are safe for the most vulnerable in our society — the young and the elderly. In fact, they meet the strict standards set for use in schools and hospitals.

The Chemical-Free Mattress Choice

Yet another way latex mattresses are a greener choice is in the lack of chemical fire retardants. Botanical Bliss mattresses use a layer of Joma wool for its natural fire-resistance rather than opting to add chemicals to traditional mattresses to accomplish the same fire-slowing effect.

You won’t need to get a prescription from your doctor to avoid harmful PBDEs if you choose a natural latex mattress. Joma wool is also very breathable, allowing you to sleep cooler at night. What’s more is 100% natural latex is hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, and antimicrobial.

Whether your priority is to buy a mattress that’s comfortable, green, or one that’s chemical-free, you’ll never have to settle when you choose the Botanical Bliss latex mattress by PlushBeds.

This mattress offers all the support, comfort, and earth-friendliness you can hope to find in a mattress with one more added benefit — the 25-year natural latex warranty. Traditional mattresses last five to seven years on average before landing in local landfills. Natural latex mattresses occupy far less landfill space than those other types of mattresses (and they even biodegrade)!

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    Amber Merton

    Amber Merton is an accomplished writer on the topics of green living and sleep. Her work has been covered in numerous online publications. Amber has been a regular author on the PlushBeds blog for the past 7 years.

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