Types of latex

Types of latex

At Ergosleep®, we use only the best materials in the finish of our mattresses. And we also think about the environment, which is why we use natural latex that minimises the burden on the environment during production.
 

100% natural latex – supremely comfortable and environmentally friendly

Natural latex is extracted as a liquid. It is the milk sap of the rubber tree, the Hevea Brasiliensis, which is grown in tropical regions.

The raw material that makes up the core is therefore 100% natural and largely made up of CO2. Because the CO2 stored in the core is released into nature only when the mattress is replaced and no fossil fuels are used in the manufacture, a 100% natural latex mattress core has an exceptionally low ecological footprint. When you sleep on natural latex, you are using a basic raw material that regenerates itself via a natural cycle.

And to minimise the impact of transport, natural latex is transported in liquid form to Western Europe. The natural latex core becomes solid via a process of vulcanisation (curing to 115°C) to create specially designed mattresses. The vulcanised material is made up of millions of small open cells that are linked to one another, forming a network of air pockets and channels. This guarantees excellent moisture and heat regulation. Natural latex has exceptional resilience and point elasticity, as a result of which the mattress core offers particularly pleasant and supporting comfort when lying down.

The cores also have vertical and lateral cut-outs. On the one hand, these provide added ventilation deep into the core. On the other hand, they vary the counter-pressure of the core across the varying zones so that every part of the body is properly supported (for example, softer beneath the shoulders and firmer in the lumbar region). Given its composition, natural latex is also anti-fungal, bacteria-free and resistant to the house dust mite.

 

Latex

Latex is a synonym for rubber. It is extracted as a liquid* and is made solid as specially designed mattresses via a process of vulcanisation (curing to 115°C). The vulcanised material is made up of millions of microscopically small cells that are linked to one another, forming a network of air pockets and channels. This guarantees optimum moisture and heat regulation.

Latex also offers exceptional resilience and point elasticity, as a result of which the mattress core provides pleasant and supporting comfort when lying down. The latex cores also have vertical and lateral cut-outs. On the one hand, these provide added ventilation deep into the core. On the other hand, this varies the counter-pressure of the core across the varying zones so that every part of the body gets the right support (for example, softer beneath the shoulders and firmer in the lumbar region). Given its composition, latex is also anti-fungal, bacteria-free and resistant to the house dust mite.

*Latex can be from either a natural or synthetic source:

  • Natural latex is the milk sap of the rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis), which is grown in tropical regions.
  • Synthetic latex is a high-grade plastic, organic polymer and is distilled from petroleum.

Both materials are always mixed.

Talalay latex

Talalay latex is produced in a particular way. The mattresses in which the cores are created are filled in a vacuum to achieve perfectly even distribution of the latex. After filling, the latex is first frozen to –30°C, which splits open all the cells. Air is then also blown into the core, which creates optimum air permeability. The latex then hardens as a result of the vulcanisation process (curing to 115°C).

Brazilian rubber tree

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