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Natural Latex is a milky substance harvested from rubber tree plants (Havea brasiliensis) which are grown in tropical climate plantations around the world. Most are located in Africa, Malaysia, South America, and Indonesia.
Harvesting the liquid latex is similar to tapping trees for maple syrup. The trees are not harmed, providing a sustainable resource. The latex is collected in buckets and shipped to large rubber factories such as B.F Goodrich, Dupont, etc. for processing. Natural liquid latex is a commodity that’s publicly traded in stock markets around the world similar to corn, pork bellies, orange juice etc.
Synthetic latex is a man-made rubber like product. The scientific name for this compound is Styrene-Butadiene (SBR). Styrene does occur in low levels naturally. Today, however it is produced by the dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene. Butadiene is produced as a by product of the steam cracking of Napthia or LPG which is used to produce ethylene. Polystyrene is relatively hard polymer where polybutadiene is a relatively soft polymer. These were combined or polymerized together to form a synthetic rubber.
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 alone. 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. Synthetic latex alone will not have the feel of a product containing natural rubber. It will also not hold as well over time.
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 support 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 karat (100% gold) wedding band because it would be too soft and bend if gripped too hard. The solution is an 18 karat 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 term "latex allergy" is actually a misnomer. No one is allergic to the natural rubber polymer itself. A small portion of the population is allergic to the proteins, not the rubber that trigger a allergic response in the some people. To stimulate that response direct skin contact with these proteins are necessary. Because of this and the fact the latex foam is used in bedding covered in the final product, their has never been a report of a latex allergy initiated by latex foam bedding products. In addition our products are also washed primarily to remove residual soap. With that soap many of the proteins are also removed.