Before we dive into the topic at hand, let’s understand the available options in the market, if someone is looking to buy a healthy, comfortable and durable mattress for them self or their family.
Most commonly available options that one will find in 99% of offline or online mattress stores are:
- Cotton Mattress
- Memory Foam Mattresses
- Coir Mattresses
- Spring Mattresses
- Various Types of Chemical Made Foam Mattresses – HR Foam, Rebounded Foam, etc.
- Gel Foam Mattresses
- Hybrid Mattresses That Are Made From Mix of 2 or More Materials Mentioned Above
These options are cheaper but these are neither environment friendly nor healthy for you nor your family. Further these options might feel good in the beginning but with time these will start sagging and other issues like lumps, wear and tear, etc. will start arising.
Coming back to the main question now:
What is a Latex Mattress?
Latex is the milky white liquid that is extracted from the sap of the rubber tree which is biologically known as “Hevea Brasiliensis”. Although natural latex or rubber is a native of South America but because of South American leaf blight and other natural predators it is not main source of natural rubber across the globe now. Asia was the main source of natural rubber, accounting for about 90% of output in 2021 as per the report of Statista.
India is currently the 3rd largest producer and fourth-largest consumer of rubber in the world. Although the initial efforts to cultivate rubber on a commercial basis were started as early as 1873 at the Calcutta Botanical Garden, commercial cultivation was first introduced to India by British colonists. In Kerala’s Thattekadu, the first industrial Hevea plantations were started in 1902. Later, the crop was extended to India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka.
The transformation of Latex from forest to an Organic Latex Mattress involves multiple processes.
- Latex Tapping
- Liquid Latex Transportation To The Processing Unit
- Liquid Latex Processing To Created Solid Latex Foam
- Latex Foam Testing & Certification
- Latex Mattress Shipping To Your Doorstep
Latex Tapping or Rubber Tapping is the process of extracting liquid latex from the rubber tree. A small incision is made in the bark of the rubber tree during latex tapping, and a container is put below to collect the milky white sap that pours out. This incision must be one-quarter inch (6.4 mm) deep and is made with a hooked knife. Post making the incision, the bark of the latex tree is peeled back.
Each night a rubber tapper removes a thin layer of bark along a downward half spiral on the tree trunk. This whole process is executed in skilled and careful manner to ensure the tapping panel yields liquid latex up to 5-6 hrs. After this, the opposite side is tapped, allowing the other side to heal over. The spiral allows the latex to run down to a collecting cup. The work is done at night or in the early morning before the day’s temperature rises, so the latex will drip longer before coagulating and sealing the cut.
DO YOU KNOW?
The economic life of rubber trees in plantations is around 32 years, with up to 6-7 years being an immature phase and about 25 years of the productive phase.
Liquid Latex Transportation to The Processing Unit
The collected liquid latex is sent to our latex processing plant the same day it is collected. This allows us to keep the liquid fresh and avoid coagulation. In order to keep the liquid latex from spoiling, it must be transported and stored at a cold temperature.
Rubber latex during transportation and storage should be protected from both extremes of temperature. Low temperatures (0°C or less) may cause damage due to freezing, but prolonged exposure to high temperatures may also be harmful.
Latex processing is the process of transforming raw latex sap derived from rubber plants into useable latex products. First, the liquid latex is filtered to eliminate any contaminants that may have come into contact with the latex during collection, such as bark, insects, or debris. After filtering, the liquid is dumped into enormous tanks and allowed to settle. During this time, any leftover contaminants will drop to the tank’s bottom, and the purified liquid latex may be decanted and transported to a separate tank.
This coagulated latex is then squeezed to eliminate excess water, and the hardened latex sheets that result are hung out to dry.
Drum shipment should not be left standing in the open air in tropical or sub-tropical climates. Apart from low temperatures causing rubber latex shipped in drums to be damaged, latex shipped in bulk may suffer similar damage during discharge if adequate measures are not taken against the effect of low temperatures. If brought into port at the time of year when low temperatures prevail, difficulty, loss and extra expense in discharge may arise owing to coagulation.
Solid latex foam- an engineering marvel that connects your home with the force of nature.
Solid latex foam is the ultimate of comfort and support, created through a complicated process that entails gathering the sap of rubber trees and refining it into a soft and robust substance.
The latex foam used in bedding is manufactured in two ways: Dunlop and Talalay.
Dunlop is the industry standard, having been invented in 1929, whereas Talalay is a relatively recent approach that is more difficult, expensive, and time-consuming. The Dunlop process generates a dense and resilient foam that is perfect for use in mattresses, pillows, and other bedding items. Whereas the Talalay method, and can result in minor variances in firmness and density throughout various sections of the foam. Trained artisans utilize a mix of heat, pressure, and processes to create a resilient and flexible solid foam structure. As a result, the material can mold your body, offering tailored support that moves with you.
So, relax and enjoy the sumptuous luxury of solid latex foam for the utmost in sleep quality and relaxation
Latex Form quality checks are important!
Quality checks on latex foam are an important element of the production process to guarantee that the finished product fulfills the specified quality requirements. During the production process, from raw materials to completed goods, quality checks are routinely undertaken at various stages. Visual inspections may be performed to confirm that there are no faults or irregularities in the latex foam. Our Aloha’s organic latex mattresses and pillows have passed the stringent evaluation processes of the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), OEKO-TEX, and ECO-INSTITUT, satisfying the industry’s most stringent environmental requirements. Moreover, Aloha organic latex mattresses are non-toxic and chemical-free, as well as biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
After passing quality control, the latex foam is molded into a mattress. Next, the latex foam mattress is double-checked to verify that it satisfies all of the standards. Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) is a certification program for organic latex goods. A GOLS certification is required for an organic latex mattress to guarantee that it satisfies specified organic and sustainable production criteria.
Our Aloha’s organic latex mattresses and pillows have passed the stringent evaluation processes of the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), OEKO-TEX, and ECO-INSTITUT, satisfying the industry’s most stringent environmental requirements. Moreover, Aloha organic latex mattresses are non-toxic and chemical-free, as well as biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
Aloha’s organic latex mattress is worth the hype, want to know why?
1.) Composed of high-quality organic latex that is inherently hypoallergenic, mold and mildew resistant, and dust mite resistant.
2.) Offers tailored assistance to ease pressure areas and lessen discomfort.
3.) Very long-lasting and resilient, retaining form and support for many years without drooping or deteriorating.
4.) Environmentally friendly and sustainable, obtained from rubber trees farmed using sustainable agricultural techniques, and manufactured in a way that minimizes the environmental effect.
5.) Excellent temperature regulation and breathability, allowing air to easily circulate through the material, minimizing overheating, and giving a cooler, more pleasant sleeping surface.
6.) Simple to care for and maintain, with no need for flipping or rotating.
7.) A better sleeping environment is ideal for persons with allergies or asthma.
8.) Overall, the mix of comfort, durability, health advantages, sustainability, and ease of use makes it a worthwhile purchase for anybody seeking a high-quality sleep experience.
Ultimately, an organic latex mattress is a fantastic alternative for individuals who place a premium on comfort, sustainability, and health. It is also eco-friendly, simple to maintain, and may contribute to a healthier sleeping environment. You may have a comfortable and restful sleep experience while simultaneously contributing to a more sustainable future by investing in an organic latex mattress.