Atlantic Organic Blog
What is Talalay Latex?
Talalay latex maintains a consistent cell structure. It has the same density throughout, and keeps resilience much longer. Slightly softer, more expensive, more uniform batches and shape recovery. Talalay comes in both natural and blended versions (part natural latex, part synthetic).
What is Dunlop Latex
The Dunlop process involves frothing the liquid latex, pouring it into a mold and baking it- like Talalay but without the freezing. This process produces latex with a firmer bottom (the latex particles sink during baking) and a lighter top. Dunlop latex is firmer, less expensive and less uniform batch to batch. Dunlop comes in both natural and blended versions (part natural latex, part synthetic latex).
If you have an allergy to latex will sleeping on a latex mattress trigger an allergic reaction?
100% pure natural latex is inherently hypoallergenic, anti-microbial as well as dust mite resistant. In fact latex is 300% more resistant to dust mites than any other foam. The latex that is used to make doctor gloves are made of a closed cell structure, making it impossible to wash out the proteins that some people can be allergic to. The latex used in a mattress is a foam with open cells. The latex we use in our mattresses are washed repeatedly to get rid of these proteins. They will not trigger an allergic reaction, they are encased in wool and sealed in a protective outer layer of cotton and poly/cotton blend ticking.
What are VOC’s?
Volatile Organic Compounds. These are emitted as gases from certain liquids or solids. VOC’s have a variety of chemicals, some of which can cause short-term or long-term health problems. With our organic mattresses there are NO VOC’s.
Good For the Environment
Natural Talalay Latex Rubber is Naturally Breathable which dissipates body heat. It’s Mold and Mildew Proof which can provide an allergen free environment. It’s Dust Mite Resistant which can prevent runny noses, nasal congestion, or asthma attacks caused by dust mite manifestation. It’s Antibacterial and Antifungal which may reduce the spread of bacteria.It’s Naturally Hypoallergenic because it does not produce toxic off-gases.It’s extremely resilient and durable for lifetime performance.
Chemicals in Mattress Materials
First and foremost, taking note of what the adhesives are (what holds the mattress components together) in the construction of the mattress may be far more important than the layers if you are looking at chemicals. Solvent-based adhesives appear to be far more challenging than components themselves. These articles state that solvent based adhesives have 48 toxic chemicals in them (too many to detail), 1 non toxic chemical (diphenyl diisocyanate,) and 1 natural material (water.) These articles state Poly Foam and Visco Foam has 7 toxic chemicals (1,1,1,2 Tetrachoroethane, acetone, and dimethylformamide, Methyl benzene, Methylene dianiline, toluene-neoprene and Vinilideine chloride,) 1 non-toxic chemical (diphenyl diisocyanate,) and 1 natural material (water.) These articles state Synthetic Latex has 5 non-toxic chemicals (2-chloro-1–3-butadiene, diphenyl diisocyanate, metallic oxides, Phenol-melamine resins, sulfur, Tellerium) and 1 natural material (water.) These articles state Natural Latex has 6 non-toxic chemicals (acrylate resins, diphenyl diisocyanate, Phenol-melamine resins, Phenol-urea, Polyvinyl acetate and waxes styrene- butadiene copolymer) and 3 natural materials (fats, hevea brasiliensis milk, and water.)
Fire Resistant Barrier
Our natural and all natural latex line uses Milliken’s Paladin product as an FR Barrier.
It consists of these two ingredients:
1. Rayon (a man made fiber generated from natural cellulose derived from wood pulp)
2. Silica (sand)
No topical or post treatments of chemicals are necessary on this product.
Sleeping and Dieting
Take a nap, change your life
Now for something we wish we’d known in college: New research from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center shows that dreaming makes you learn better. The study, reported in last week’s online edition of the journal Current Biology, found that when people who took a 90-minute nap between two “virtual maze tasks” and dreamed about the first test, they did ten times better than those who didn’t nap. Erin Wamsley, one of the study’s authors, said they found that the subjects who dreamed about the test had found it hard and suggested they’d had the dreams it because the sleeping brain “‘knows’ you need to work on it to get better.”