100% Natural Latex
Natural Latex is inherently hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and dust mite resistant, making it perfect for allergy sufferers or anyone wanting to breathe fresh, clean air while they sleep. In addition, natural latex is breathable, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Derived from the Hevea Brasiliensis, or the rubber tree, latex is the most naturally durable cushioning material available. While it might cost a little more initially, in the long run, only latex will provide you with the perfect balance of comfort and support for years to come. It is recognised for its therapeutic properties and its ability to provide orthopaedic support.
Latex foam naturally adjusts to the contours of your body, providing gentle support that maintains proper spinal alignment without restricting capillary blood flow. This reduces tossing and turning and allows a deeper, more restful sleep. Bacteria, mildew, and mould cannot live in latex foam.
Our Latex mattresses can last up to 20 years. Latex is biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
We use 100% Natural Latex manufactured in Sri Lanka by Dunlop method. It comes in variety of thicknesses, densities and sizes. Excellent quality! Here you can read more about history, production process and certifications of the Natural Latex cores we use and generally about the history of Latex.
More about Natural Latex
Discovery & History
The earliest references to natural rubber (Hevea Brasiliensis) were recorded in the second voyage to the New-World in 1495-1496 by the great voyager Christopher Columbus.
When Columbus and his men set sail to Haiti for the second time, they observed natives playing with a ball and to their surprise discovered that it was far more superior than their Castilian wind-ball as it bounced better and incredibly higher.
The secret they learnt from the natives was that it was made from the milky substance of a certain tree with the consistency of honey which was then cured over palm nuts…
It was not until the late 18th and early 19th centuries that rubber was used in some applications and it’s demand increased. The discovery of the vulcanisation procedure by Charles Goodyear in 1839 led to the rubber boom. During this time period, all rubber originated from Latin America, notably Brazil .
In 1876, Sir Henry Wickham, a British explorer, took 70,000 seeds from the Amazon rainforests to London. The seeds were then germinated at the Tropical Herbarium in the Royal Botanical Gardens. Only a small number (less than 4%) of the seeds developed into seedlings, and most of them were sent to regions now known as Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Malaysia, as well as other parts of South-East Asia. This doomed the Amazonian rubber boom.
Rubber plantations in Asia were much more efficient and overproduced Brazil. This was because the Asian rubber plantations were organized and well suited for production on a commercial scale whereas in Brazil the process of latex gathering from forest trees remained a difficult extractive process: rubber tappers worked natural rubber groves in the southern Amazon forest, and rubber tree densities were almost always low, as a consequence of high natural forest diversity. Moreover, experiments in cultivating rubber trees in plantations in the Amazon showed them to be vulnerable to South American rubber tree leaf blight fungus and other diseases and pests.
In spite of decades of research in selecting highly productive and disease resistant rubber trees, many commercial rubber trees throughout the world are descended from the seeds Wickham took to London.
In Brazil, Wickham is labelled as a “bio-pirate” for his role in stealing the rubber seeds that broke the Brazilian monopoly. In 1876, no Brazilian law would have prevented Wickham’s collection of the seeds, but he may have misrepresented his cargo as dead botanical material destined for the herbarium in order to obtain an export license.
Latex Mattresses conform to the contours of the human body, creating a cushion in which no pressure points are built up during rest.
Because of its unique properties, only natural latex provides your body restless-free nights of sleep. You don’t wake up with aches and pains caused by insufficient support or stiffness and pain created by inadequate pressure relief. This unique and natural material is remarkable not only for short term benefits, but also for its ability to withstand the test of time.
INNATURE Latex mattresses cores
Here is the description of the production process for Natural Latex from our supplier:
Vulcanizing – Heat is applied to cure the foam to allow the latex particles to bond as the mattress core or pillow is baked into a solid state.
Washing – Once the mattress and pillows are solidified they are stripped off the moulds and washed. This removes the soap residues and any other chemical and improves product durability.
Drying – The mattress core or pillow is slowly run on a conveyor belt through the dryer, which evaporates all the water.
Quality Testing – All products are tested for hardness and density using hardness testers and density meters. Items are also hand-inspected for visual and physical defects, trimmed and individually weighed to ensure exact specifications are met.
Fabrication – Cores are cut as per customer requirements to get pin core sheets, convoluted sheets, etc.
Our suppliers use the finest raw materials sourced directly from their fully owned plantations in Sri Lanka, which have Organic certification.
We use authentic natural rubber (100% polymer). No petroleum chemical, synthetic fillers, ash or chalk are used in production.
We use the Dunlop & Talalay process. Delayed action is the key to the success of this process. This means that gelling agents such as sodium silicofluoride are used to prevent quick gelation. While the product is being stripped (removed) off the mould it should contain a high quantum of water. The presence of water prevents the mattress being torn further, enhancing the stripping process. The gelling starts to occur when the PH scale indicates between 8-9, and finally gets gelled between 7-8. This is the PH equilibrium for gelation.
Foaming of the Latex is done mechanically through a machine. Air is incorporated into a system for this exercise. By changing the ratio of latex and air, the required density of the foam is achieved. This is why the Dunlop process is most suitable for manufacturing 100% Natural Latex foam. The process is environmentally friendly and no toxic chemicals are emitted while in production.
Due to the Natural application and sensitivity of the product, today’s consumer has become even more accustomed to Latex foam than ever before. 100% Natural Latex foam today has overtaken its synthetic foam predecessor. The process used is unique thus creating a product that generates supreme comfort to the consumer.
They adhere to international standards approved by international independent institutions to ensure customer confidence and high quality.
Natural coconut is obtained from the fibrous husk of the coconut from the coconut palm.
It has a high lignin content and thus a low cellulose content, as a result of which it is resilient, strong and highly durable.
Sri Lanka produces 36% of the total world brown fibre output. That is where we source this sustainable material from.
The fibres are compressed together with natural latex glue giving it a rubbery texture (rubberised coir). The coco fibre has excellent moisture and air permeability properties which keeps the mattress internally dry. It is also very strong and durable, yet extremely elastic, making it a great addition to a mattress to provide firm support for the spinal column.
Our coco fibre is not fumigated when entering the country because of its special but still natural production process and our arrangement with MAF NZ.
It is fully biodegradable.
100% NZ wool from the South Island
The properties of real wool make it a perfect material to provide a dry and safe sleep in the New Zealand climate.
Wool fibres are hygroscopic. This means wool has the power to readily absorb and give off moisture. It can for instance, absorb moisture up to one-third of its own weight. Synthetic fibres can only absorb 2-3 percent of moisture before they begin to feel wet. It also naturally retards fire as it is harder to ignite than most synthetic and cotton fibres used in equivalent products.
We use New Zealand wool from the South Island, bonded to 500g density, in our mattresses and other products. It is washed and processed in a very nature friendly way.
Unbleached Organic Cotton/Hemp fabric
This mix of organic cotton (45%) and hemp (55%) was specially chosen by us for making natural mattress covers for the New Zealand climate.
We use it for all our mattresses and futons.
Our research has shown that pure organic cotton was not robust enough to perform well in our climate. It gets mouldy too easily in the winter. But woven in combination with hemp, which is mould resistant and has good anti-bacterial qualities known for centuries, it makes a perfect lasting fabric for covering our mattresses and our other sleeping products, like mattress protectors, pillows and duvets.
Organic Buckwheat husk
We use organic buckwheat husk as a filling for pillows, meditation cushions and pregnancy bolsters. We also use it for babies summer mattress protectors, an innovative product that prevents babies from feeling too hot on summer days. The husks come from an Organic farm on the South Island of New Zealand.
Buckwheat husks are loose inside the pillow, yet maintain a stable overall form. They allow the pillow to be brought into different shapes, e.g. into a thicker shape for side sleeping, and remain in that shape while you sleep. Once you achieve a comfortable position, your muscles do not have to work and you are able to stay there effortlessly, with the support you need for a great nights sleep.
- Buckwheat remains cool in summer and warm in winter
- Lightweight & airy …. soothing sounds when you move
- Scrunchy, grainy texture.