The company that has broken the “Certified Organic Latex” barrier is Latex Green located in Sri Lanka. This has taken years to accomplish. Latex Green had to isolate a large part of their rubber tree plantation and keep it free from any chemical pesticides and chemical fertilizers for years until it was finally awarded the organic certification in both the US and EU. In addition, a portion of the manufacturing plant had to also be isolated and kept sterile. This was a major undertaking and huge expense to pull this off but Latex Green’s commitment to the earth and our environment has been nothing short of commendable and greatly appreciated by those of us who offer non-toxic sleep solutions.
Here’s what Latexco, the only authorized distributor in the U.S., had to say about this long journey- “In order to meet the requirements for certification Latex Green segregated a section of the Plantation. The USDA requires that there be no chemical fertilizers or pesticides used on the trees or ground for a minimum of 4 years before any sap can be collected. After purging for 4 years the sap is collected and stored in a separate facility. It is then mixed, processed, poured, washed and packaged separately using separate equipment so as not to contaminate. You will notice that even the pincore pattern of the Organic is somewhat different from the regular (natural but not certified organic latex) Naturalux. That is because the newly commissioned molds used to produce the Organic are used solely for that purpose and never used to produce other products, assuring that there is no intermingling, residue or trace contamination. The material is also packaged in foil lined paper and stored separately in both the LG and our facility. This has been a long and costly process requiring years of commitment, diligence and investment but the results are the World’s First Truly Organic Natural Latex”. This video can explain it further Organic Latex Mattress
Natural Latex Mattresses have a really good reputation for being very durable and long lasting. With some products you can afford to go on the cheap because you know that you will only be using them for a short time and then dispensing of them. Some people donâ€™t like to spend a lot of money on clothing because it wears out quite quickly and/or they know that they will need a little variety to spice up their life and will be buying new clothes in the future to add to their wardrobe anyway. So the bottom line is that the only real difference is the use or non-use of fertilizers in the early stages of plant development. As explained above, even the natural latex, that is technically botanically derived, uses very little if any chemical fertilizers at its harvesting age. The follow up question I have asked is about the use of pesticides which will be the topic of a follow up article once I receive the reply but I expect a similar response.
The only remaining question would be one to ask of yourself, as Organic Latex Mattressesare approximately 1/3 higher in price, and that is “how pure do you really need to go” when buying a natural latex mattress. As a side note, there has never been a reported case of a latex allergy associated with a latex mattress, latex mattress topper or latex pillow according to the FDA and that’s because any residual chemicals that may have been present in the finished latex all get washed away during the 5 step rinsing process.
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Ken Hightower is a mattress industry veteran of over 35 years. There is a ton of information onhis website Latex Mattress Company about organic latex and natural latex mattresses.
Ken Hightower is a mattress industry professional of over 35 years and has insider knowledge about the content in this article. Learn learn more and watch videos by visiting Latex Mattress Company.