Bits and bites…..interesting little pieces of information


What’s a good natural mattress for a child?

Most children seem to do fine with a medium to firm  mattress. Most of our customers shopping for a child opt for the 6″ latex mattress. A latex mattress is great value due to its longevity (a kindergartner’s new latex mattress may well last them through college)

Organic vs Regular Latex Mattresses

Some companies cash in on the buzz around the word ‘latex’ by pairing a synthetic blended latex (combining natural and petroleum-based latex, and who-knows-what chemical additives) with other relatively cheap materials like polyurethane foam, polyester, rayon, conventional cotton, etc. Simply containing some latex does not necessarily make a mattress comfortable, natural or healthy, so ask a lot of questions and give it the 20 minute test ride before making a purchase. Watch out for companies that ‘green wash’ by making broad health and environmental claims while ‘cutting corners’ on the actual materials and construction of the products. The current trend is to make health and environmental claims for products that contain polyurethane foam that contains 15-20% bio-based (e.g. soy or castor oil) ingredients, but which are still 80-85% petrochemicals and include flame retardants. From our perspective, this is like putting an organic lettuce leaf on a fast food burger and proclaiming it a ‘healthy eco-burger’. Look for retailers that specialize in healthy mattresses.

Dunlop vs Talalay Latex

People researching natural latex mattresses often become confused by these arcane-sounding terms and what they really mean. ‘Dunlop’and ‘Talalay’ are two different processes by which raw latex is made into a durable block of latex foam. The Dunlop method is the original and older method where the latex serum is spun, poured into a mold, then baked (vulcanized). In the Talalay method the latex is spun, then expanded in a sealed mold by applying a vacuum, flash frozen, then vulcanized. In our opinion, both processes result in a very durable and suitable material for mattresses.

How do I know what firmness to choose?

We recommend you try the mattresses for at least 20 minutes relaxing on each of your top favorites before making a decision. If you live too far from our showroom we can conduct a phone interview with you to help you determine which mattress is most likely to be a good fit for you. We take into account what types of mattresses have worked for you in the past, your body weight and height, and whether you are primarily a side or back sleeper. If you are concerned about getting the firmness exactly right but can’t visit the showroom, we would recommend a model with a zippered cover that would allow you to swap out or change the order of the layers if needed. This allows you to fine tune the feel.

How important is wool in a good natural mattress?

When shopping for a natural mattress, wool is a very important ingredient in the natural mattress “recipe”. The unique structure of the wool fiber makes it both breathable and moisture wicking. Thus, the wool layer effectively removes excess moisture and dissipates excess heat, allowing you to sleep in dry and hygienic comfort year-round. These properties explain why wool is a preferred material for hiking socks and other high-performance technical apparel. A mattress’s wool layer also acts as a natural flame barrier, allowing the mattress to comply with fire-resistance regulations.

What about allergies to wool or latex?

In our experience, these are generally contact allergies, and very few people are sensitive to the natural latex and wool which are encased inside our natural mattresses. If you have a diagnosed allergy, then it is best to try sleeping with a sample of the materials inside your pillowcase (we can provide samples). You are never in direct contact with the latex or wool.

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