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.
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!
- ENERGY: Our control systems and state of the art automation allow us to optimize energy usage at every step of the Talalay process.
- EMISSIONS: Our manufacturing facility does not emit any harmful elements into the air. Because of our clean process, we are not required to use any exhaust scrubbers or filtration. Our finished products don't emit harmful vapors either! Unlike memory foam, Latex International Talalay Latex rubber does not off-gas any harmful chemicals.
- SUSTAINABILITY: Latex International uses millions of gallons of natural Latex each year. Natural Latex is harvested from trees that help "scrub" excess carbon from our air.
* 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.)
PRODUCT TESTING - RESEARCH
Muscle Relief - Pressure Mapping
Sleeping Temperature: Breathability - Surface Heat
Bedding Allergens: Mold, Mildew, Bacteria - Dust Mites
Toxicity: Off Gassing
Consistency Testing: Mattress - Pillows
Latex International (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, itand 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 todayand technology for producing foams like Memory Foam or Polyurethane Foam simply aren't.
Todayand foams may contain any or all of the following, each are known carcinogens.
- Methyl Benzene (tolunlene)
- Methyl Dianiline
- Vinilideine Chloride
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.
CONSISTENCY TESTING- MATTRESSES - PILLOW
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 is the only way to be completely sure that consumers receive the very highest quality pillows every single time.