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Synthetic latex is a man-made molecular copy of natural latex. The scientific name for this compound is Styrene-Butadiene (SBR).
Styrene is named for �styrax�, the resin from a Turkish tree. Low levels of styrene occur naturally in many kinds of plants as well as a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables & nuts.
Butadiene is produced by dehydration of butane obtained from petroleum. Butadiene is also used in the manufacture of latex paints and nylon fibers used in rope and clothing.
Blended latex is just what it sounds like, a combination of Natural latex and Synthetic latex mixed together.
This is a question that�s answer can depend on your perspective. All latex formulas offer numerous benefits to consumers that far outweigh the benefits of conventional foam bedding materials. Keep in mind that while latex formulations are contrasted with each other below, all latex rubber significantly outperforms foams such as memory foam or traditional polyurethane foam for durability, pressure relief and sleep benefits.
Natural latex, as its name implies, is �natural� which offers many benefits for use in sleep products. Consumers that have an organic lifestyle and have made numerous changes to remove most synthetic chemicals from their household tend to purchase 100% natural formulations. The elasticity, healthiness, and ability of Natural Latex to conform to your body, reducing pressure on your muscles and circulation is unsurpassed. The resulting benefits and luxurious comfort simply can�t be matched by synthetic latex. However, because it is a �natural� product there are inconsistencies at the molecular level which cause Natural Latex products to wear at a faster rate than Synthetic Latex.
Synthetic Latex is extremely uniform at the molecular level, so sleep products will have greater durability than those made solely with Natural Latex. However, what you gain in durability you lose in feel and sleep benefits as compared to Natural Latex.
When consumers want to know a product is natural and good for the environment while also looking for a product that will help them sleep better with optimum value for their money- they purchase blended latex. By combining Natural Latex and Synthetic Latex together you get the best of both worlds. Natural components, elasticity, conformity, health benefits and luxurious feel from Natural Latex combine with extended durability from Synthetic Latex- to make a product that the Earth provided and we perfected.
Blended latex can be compared to a gold wedding band. No one has a 24 carrot (100% gold) wedding band because it would be too soft and bend if gripped too hard. The solution is an 18 carrot gold ring where the gold is mixed with another, more durable metal. The result is a ring that has the look and feel of pure gold but is less vulnerable to damage or wear.
The terms �Talalay� and �Dunlop� refer to the two different methods of manufacturing Latex Rubber for sleep products. The Dunlop process was developed in 1929. It was the first method used to produce latex material for bedding.
As technology progressed, the Talalay process was developed by the Talalay family during World War II. The Talalay process for producing latex is significantly more complex and costly, resulting in softer, more buoyant and luxurious finished products.
Both Talalay and Dunlop processes start with a formula mixture of liquid latex. These formulas can be any of the following:
100% natural latex rubber (harvested from
rubber tree plants)
100% synthetic latex rubber (a man-made molecular copy of natural latex rubber)
Blended natural & synthetic latex rubbers (specific blend ratios are proprietary)
Note: there are small amounts of other materials required for processing liquid latex into solid form which are necessary for all latex production. (ingredients & amounts are proprietary)
Latex International Talalay is produced using only 100% Natural or Blended formulations to meet optimum quality standards.
1. Liquid latex formulation is poured into a mold and sealed closed
2. Vacuum is created to disperse liquid latex throughout mold
3. Liquid latex is flash frozen
4. Frozen latex is flash heated to �gel� into permanent solid form
5. Cooled solid latex is removed from mold
1. Liquid latex formulation is poured onto a long conveyor belt
2. Liquid latex is slowly heated to �gel� into permanent solid form
3. Cooled solid latex is removed from conveyor belt
#2 Vacuum � This allows any amount of latex to be evenly distributed throughout the mold creating precise and varied firmness with the finished latex. The more liquid latex that�s poured into the mold the firmer the resulting solid latex. Therefore, if less liquid latex is used, a softer more supple piece of latex results.
This differs from Dunlop in that Dunlop process has very little ability to vary the firmness or feel of the finished solid product while maintaining its structural integrity. The liquid formula is poured onto a belt and you get the same, dense piece of latex every time. The only way to soften the feel of Dunlop latex is to add �fillers� into the liquid latex formula which result in solid latex that is flaky and breaks down quickly.
#3 Flash Freeze � This provides Talalay with its uniquely consistent characteristic. Liquid latex is a suspension of rubber particles in water, like a shaken snow globe. Flash freezing prevents the latex particles from settling to the bottom while gelling into a solid product. This means that the resulting piece of solid Talalay latex has the same consistent feel from top to bottom.
This differs from Dunlop because Dunlop process does not utilize a freeze step. Therefore, the rubber particles settle to the bottom while the liquid latex is gelling into a solid form, like a snow globe, resulting in a variation of feel from top to bottom. This is not recognizable if the Dunlop latex is used as a bottom layer of a mattress but can cause problems if Dunlop pieces are used for pillows or as top layers of a mattress.
CONCLUSION - The Talalay process takes four times longer than Dunlop with two additional process steps that improve the consistency, quality and feel of the finished latex.
A simple analogy: Talalay latex is like a chocolate souffl�; although the process is long, your end product is a buoyant, airy, complex delight. Dunlop latex is more like a tray of brownies; tasty, but dense and flat in comparison.
Our commitment to perfection: From the selection and mixing of raw materials to final product testing and assembly, our entire manufacturing facility utilizes the latest technology to create the most supple, resilient and comfortable Talalay Latex sleep products in the world.
But of course, all this technology won�t get you anywhere without smart, talented professionals to bring all the elements together assuring great finished products are delivered to your home every time.
Talalay latex is the premier material in bedding, LI Talalay delivers a unique buoyant quality which relaxes muscles and relieves tension, lifting away the pressures of the day while you sleep. Careful attention to detail at every step makes certain this amazing feel comes through in the finished product.
To help understand what makes our Talalay Latex so exceptional, think of an artisan chef creating a light and airy chocolate souffl�!
Start with the best ingredients - We utilize only the highest quality natural and synthetic latex and never introduce fillers that can degrade the feel and durability of our products. Unlike other latex manufacturers, Latex International filters the liquid latex to remove any large particles that might affect the consistency and durability of our end products. It you think of Talalay latex like a souffl�, it�s pretty clear that using powdered eggs isn�t going to suffice- you need real, farm fresh eggs!
Use the best recipe � Next, we mix our premium ingredients into a liquid latex formula or �batter�. Creating different formulas of liquid latex �batter�, we meet specific customer requests for 100% natural or more commonly used blended natural/synthetic latex recipes. Think dark chocolate vs, milk chocolate- it�s a matter of personal taste and desired product attributes.
Measure Carefully- As any great baker knows, if you don�t measure correctly the souffl� will fail. Our advanced, state of the art automated systems control both the mix of the batter and the precise amount poured into each mold to attain specific results every time.
Test for Perfection - Once the process is complete, every mattress core is robotically tested in 9 areas to assure a consistent feel from head to toe. Each pillow is individually weighed and hand inspected.
Share the Results - Even the best ingredients and the finest materials can be used poorly. To assure great finished products, we follow through by sharing knowledge with our retail and manufacturing partners. Together, we design and deliver finished pillows, mattress toppers and mattresses that bring the uplifting benefits of Talalay Latex to the surface.
All of our Talalay products are made with Natural Talalay Latex Rubber, which starts as sap from the Havea brasiliensis tree. These rubber trees have a 25 year productive life and a strong positive effect on the environment as they quickly absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and help reduce greenhouse emissions.
Our Talalay process features natural, biodegradable ingredients that come from renewable resources and water-based raw materials: natural latex, air, and water. Our process does not use solvents and does not damage the ozone layer. Our clean and green approach carries through to our end products: Talalay latex contains no toxic chemicals while standard Poly Foam and Memory Foam (visco) can contain as many as seven toxic chemicals*
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 (link to oeko website) is the leading global testing and certification process that ensures textile materials and home furnishing products do not contain harmful substances or pose a health risk to consumers. Very few latex or foam producers in the world meet the standards of this independent, third-party certification.Click here to view our OEKO-TEX Standard Certification.
All Latex International Talalay Latex products are certified OEKO-TEX Class 100; the healthiest classification.
This means that our products do not contain allergenic materials that form carcinogenic arylamines of the MAK-groups III A1 and III A2 (see the Oeko-Tex website for a list of chemicals included in these groups,link to oeko), pesticides and chlorinated phenoles, heavy metals or formaldehyde. Our Talalay also meets the standard for skin friendly pH and is free from chloro-organic carriers and biologically active finishes.
In other words, Latex International Talalay is the healthiest material you can sleep on.
*Poly Foam and Visco Foam may contain up to seven toxic chemicals: Tetrachoroethane, acetone, and dimethylformamide, Methyl benzene, Methylene dianiline, toluene-neoprene and Vinilideine chloride, one non-toxic chemical - diphenyl diisocyanate, and one natural material (water.) 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.) 100% 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.)
LI Talalay Latex provides 33% more Pressure Relief than leading Memory foam.
Pressure mapping tests the amount of pressure your body registers on a selected surface. This technology is widely used throughout the bedding industry to determine the quantity of pressure that a mattress or pillow creates on your body.
Pressure from your mattress and/or pillow prevents your muscles from relaxing which makes it difficult to fall asleep and impairs circulation causing you to toss & turn which makes it difficult to stay asleep.
Therefore, the less pressure your mattress and pillow produce on your body the easier it is to fall asleep and the more complete sleep you achieve throughout the night which leads to more energetic and productive days.
Latex International Talalay Latex is 4x more durable than other latex and 20x more durable than traditional bedding foams.
At Latex International, we continually ensure that our formulas will last the test of time. Using the standardized ASTM Cornell Indentation test we prove that our Talalay outlasts any other material used for bedding today.
This is the most rigorous and material damaging ASTM standardized test that exists for bedding components. While Latex International Talalay performs flawlessly over a period of 12 hours representing decades of use, other latex�s break down much more quickly and foams such as memory foam and polyurethane foam actually tear apart within minutes.
The strength of our material allows LI to match any warranty that retail stores choose to offer on their products and assures maximum value for consumers.
Latex International Talalay Latex breathes up to 7x better than other latex or foams for cooler sleep.
One of the fastest growing concerns with bedding today is sleeping hot. This is a legitimate concern because not only is it uncomfortable, sleeping too hot interrupts the quality of our sleep as we continuously move to find a cooler spot. This can occur from both mattresses and pillows.
The heightened awareness of sleeping hot is primarily due to increased use of Memory Foam in mattresses. Memory Foam has a collapsible cell structure that traps body heat and radiates it back at us resulting in uncomfortable perspiration.
Talalay Latex is sometimes confused with Memory Foam because of extensive Memory Foam advertising. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Talalay Latex rubber cell structure resists collapsing and allows air to circulate. This breathability whisks away our body heat preventing mattresses and pillows from becoming an oven.
Latex International has gone one step further and developed Talalay GL which is a unique formulation of Talalay Latex with special phase change properties. Talalay GL actually helps regulate the consistency of body temperature for a temperature neutral sleeping experience.
Mold, Mildew, Bacteria & Dust Mites
LI Talalay Latex is Mold, Mildew & Bacteria proof and Dust Mite resistant
Most people don�t consider their mattress as a contributing source for respiratory problems and allergic reactions. We think of our bed as a �safe haven�. The reality can be much more yucky.
Mold, mildew, bacteria and dust mites love our beds & pillows. We shed millions of microscopic skin cells and perspire nearly 1 pint of water every night. The microscopic skin cells and water vapor fall through the weave of our linens and mattress cover landing on the cushioning layers below where they become a food and water source for mold, mildew, bacteria and dust mites- it can�t be avoided, and it's gross.
Whether your �landing pad� cushion layer is hospitable to these infestations is the controlling factor to the amount of hazardous dust created from your mattress & pillow.
Foams such as Memory Foam & Polyurethane Foam are environments where these contaminants thrive, so if they compose the top cushion layers of your mattress you may have a problem.
Independent testing shows that Latex International Talalay Latex is mold, mildew & bacteria proof- these organisms simply won�t grow on it. Furthermore, it�s dust mite resistant so these critters will prefer to be elsewhere, not right next to your face as you sleep.
Try to find a healthier bedding material, we dare you.
In a perfect world all bedding products would be as safe as Latex International's Talalay Latex. The reality is that today�s technology for producing foams like Memory Foam or Polyurethane Foam simply aren't.
Today�s foams may contain any or all of the following, each are known carcinogens.
Latex International Talalay Latex contains none of these.
Zero cases of allergic reactions to LI products have been reported.
Latex International has been making Talalay pillows and mattress components for over 35 years. Every year millions of products are sold using Latex International Talalay.
The FDA tracks allergic reactions to latex products in the USA. Not once has there been a report of an allergic reaction attributed to any of our Talalay products.
Latex International is the only latex producer that tests every block of mattress material in 9 separate areas to insure consistency throughout each piece. This means that retailers and consumers can be sure that products delivered or brought home will match the products experienced in the showroom every single time.
Because pillows are not able to be measured in the same way as block mattress material, we electronically weigh and then hand inspect every pillow for quality and consistency. This is an extra time consuming step in our process, but it�s the only way to be completely sure that consumers receive the very highest quality pillows every single time.
Of the top four mattress companies in the US, one spends more on annual advertising than the other three combined. This company makes only Memory Foam beds. They spend tens of millions every year advertising Memory Foam to consumers. To counter this, the remaining top three US mattress companies (who make metal coil mattresses) also make Memory Foam beds and advertise theirs to stay competitive.
Hence, the circle of abundant advertising for Memory Foam.
Due to this advertising, many people assume that all non-coil beds are made with Memory Foam or that Latex and Memory Foam are the same thing. This couldn�t be farther from the truth.
In fact, the two materials are actually polar opposites and the sleeping experience could not be more different! Latex International Talalay Latex actually outperforms Memory Foam in every way.
Sleeping hot is the #1 complaint from Memory Foam owners. This is because Memory Foam requires body heat to collapse the Foam cell structure in order to conform to your curves, the collapsing of these cells restricts air flow trapping body heat and radiating it back at you.
Latex International Talalay Latex is 7x more breathable than memory foam. The rubber cell structure doesn�t collapse. Its natural resistance lifts your body preventing collapse and allows air to flow through, creating an escape path for body heat.
You won�t have to continuously flip your Latex International Talalay Latex pillow or search for a cooler spot on your LI Talalay Latex bed.
Our Talalay Latex is a two-dimensional material; it�s simultaneously supportive and pressure relieving, where memory foam is a one-dimensional- pressure reliever only.
Your body sinks into and through Memory Foam until you hit a separate support layer below. Memory Foam simply can�t accomplish both pressure relief and support on its own. Hitting the support layer below Memory Foam increases pressure on your body.
Latex International Talalay Latex is different and testing proves it.
Our Talalay Latex provides 33% more pressure relief while simultaneously creating support because of the buoyant nature of latex. Latex International's Talalay Latex material accomplishes both functions (pressure relief & support) on its own so you don�t bottom out on hard layers below.
Our Talalay Latex is the best pressure relieving material used in bedding today. It provides the ultimate in pressure relief so your muscles relax to fall asleep quickly and your circulation can flow to stay asleep soundly.
Memory Foam, even so called �soft� memory foam has a hard dense feel that is unappealing to many. Some call it �getting stuck in the mud� because after a few minutes your body heat collapses the cells and you sink into a hole molded to your body. It soon becomes very difficult to move or get out of bed, you become trapped in a temporary crater.
Latex International Talalay Latex contains naturally based rubber material that gently lifts your body for a light & bouyant experience. Our Talalay Latex instantly conforms and moves with your body, providing postural support and exceptional muscle relief no matter what sleeping position you maintain.
Latex International Talalay Latex is like floating- truly luxurious.
Our Talalay Latex uses naturally derived material harvested from rubber trees that create an inherently hypoallergenic, dust-mite resistant, mold & mildew proof sleeping environment, making it ideal for allergy sufferers or anyone wanting a cleaner bed. In addition our Talalay Latex doesn�t off gas harmful compounds that may be present in Memory Foam.
Cornell Indentation testing proves Latex International Talalay Latex is 20x more durable than leading Memory Foam. While leading Memory Foam tears apart during this industry standard ASTM quality test, our Talalay Latex passes with flying colors.
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