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Are the latex mattress at the Natural Mattress Store 100% latex? 05 Feb 2014 15:22 #1

Hi,

- Are the latex mattress at the Natural Mattress Store 100% latex?
- And how would we know?
- Looks like there is a certification for the latex ingredient, but what about the mattress, the end product?
- How do you know that nothing else was added to the mattress batter?

Thank you!

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Are the latex mattress at the Natural Mattress Store 100% latex? 05 Feb 2014 15:50 #2

Hi looking4latex,

- Are the latex mattress at the Natural Mattress Store 100% latex?


I'm not sure if you mean 100% latex (regardless of the type of latex) or 100% natural but they would be able to answer your question better than I would. From their website descriptions it appears that all their latex mattresses use latex from top to bottom outside of the cover or any quilting but they should be able to provide you with the type and blend of latex used in the different layers of each design. If there are "non latex" foams used in the mattress it would also be indicated on the law tag (based on percentage by weight) but it won't tell you the specifics of the latex itself.

- And how would we know?


Unless you were an expert in the look and feel of different types of latex and you had access to the individual layers, the only way to know would be based on the integrity of the manufacturer and that the layers they described were what was actually used in your mattress.

- Looks like there is a certification for the latex ingredient, but what about the mattress, the end product?


Assuming that you mean an organic certification (there are other certifications as well so I don't know the type you are referring to) ... then this would indicate that the material that was certified was organic. There are very few manufacturers where the actual manufacturing facility is also certified which would be required for the mattress itself to have an organic certification rather than just the components themselves (see post #2 here about organic certifications).

- How do you know that nothing else was added to the mattress batter?


All latex has some additional ingredients added to the liquid rubber in order to produce the latex foam. Even organic latex is only required to be 95% natural rubber and the rest is the chemicals or substances used to make the latex. The specifics of each latex manufacturer's compounding formula is usually proprietary so there wouldn't be any way for a consumer to know the specific substances or ingredients that were used to make the latex (such as gelling agents, foaming agents, curing agents, anti degradants and others) but the testing certifications (such as Oeko-Tex or Eco-Institute) provide assurance for consumers that the latex doesn't have any harmful substances or VOC's in the final product.

Phoenix
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