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Organic Dunlop Latex
Organic latex is an amazing material. It is uniquely strong and durable and at the same time very comfortable and healthy. With its natural elasticity, latex supports and conforms to the geography of the entire body, easing pressure on hips and shoulders while also supporting the small of the back and the waist. An organic latex mattress has a 20-year warranty, but can last 30 years or more without any significant change in support or softness. Latex’s long-lasting comfort can easily carry a person from childhood well into adulthood. Latex does not dip or flatten out over time. Organic latex in its raw form is a milky substance from the Hevea rubber tree that flows in ducts just outside of where the sap runs. The tapper harvests latex by scoring the bark of the tree with a knife just deep enough to reach the latex ducts. The dripping latex is collected and mixed with:
- Natural Latex Rubber 90-95% (Organically Grown)
- Zinc Oxide 2-3%
- Fatty Acid Soaps 1-2%
- Sulfur 1-2%
- Sodium 1-2%
The Dunlop process used to make our organic latex is relatively straightforward: compressed air is mixed with the latex and the mixture is whipped like a cake batter. Then the mixture of latex and air is poured into a mold and baked until it is firm. The firmness of the final product depends on the ratio of air to latex.
More than 20 years of experience has taught us that rubberized latex is safe and hypoallergenic for just about everyone. Latex is also naturally resistant to dust mites, mold, mildew, fungus, and bacteria. Including latex in your sleep system can be very beneficial to people with allergies.
Tested & Proven
Our Dunlop latex has been tested and certified to be safe by independent testing laboratory, The eco-INSTITUT. Our latex is produced in accordance to the Global Organic Latex Standards (GOLS), which are the strictest organic standards in the world and is certified by the Control Union to guarantee no short cuts were taken from tree to mattress
Soaring Heart Natural Beds works exclusively with premium New Zealand organic wool. Our wool is a blend of certified organic wool from sheep raised on small farms (most under 100 animals). By blending wool fibers of various thicknesses our goal is to produce better, stronger, more durable sleep products. Plus, our exacting specifications require our wool buyers vet our ranchers to insure both their proper treatment of animals and compliance with the highest global organic standard because we firmly believe that happy sheep = happy sleep!
Wool is one of the best materials to use in mattresses or bedding. Soft, resilient, and an amazing insulator, the naturally complex structure of wool is unmatched by anything synthetic. The surface of wool fiber is comprised of overlapping scales and a thin, finely porous membrane. This unique layered structure gives wool the ability to quickly absorb and disperse water vapor while repelling actual water droplets. Wool is stronger and more resilient than most fibers. It lasts longer because its natural crimp acts like a spring, continually flexing and bouncing back to its original shape.
Insulation & Breathability
Wool is an incredible insulator. It surrounds the body with a layer of air that adjusts to your body temperature, so wool has the remarkable property of keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. “Wool in the summer?” you ask. Think of the Bedouins in the desert, loosely dressed in lightweight clothing made from the wool of their own goats and sheep, insulating them from the sun. Wool not only keeps in warmth and keeps out excess heat, it also breathes, meaning that air can cycle through the spaces in the fibers. This means the body will stay dry while finding the temperature range it needs for the most restful sleep. Wool makes a great comforter, keeping you warm without making it too hot or damp to interfere with your sleep cycle.
Because it turns to ash when exposed to flame, wool cannot ignite and therefore requires no fire retardant. Incorporating wool as the outer layer of any bed we build makes that bed more fire-resistant as well.
Organic Cotton Batting
Our organic cotton blend successfully passes all federal flame testing without having ANYTHING added to it. No boric acid, no chemicals of any kind. We are very proud to be using the highest-quality organic cotton, grown right here in the US. The cotton batting is composed of 60% staple fibers and 40% mote. You’re not just paying a premium for an organic certification; this cotton uses the superior staple fiber as opposed to linter which is often used in bedding. This superior blend is best for bedding as it holds up very well over time with minimal felting or compression. When purchasing an organic cotton futon or shikibuton, it’s important to note that the organic cotton batting starts out much fluffier than standard cotton, so your bed might not start out feeling as firm as you’re used to. Organic cotton batting will compact down and become pleasantly firm after a short while. To learn more about our organic cotton and where it comes from, click here.
There is not very much organic cotton grown in the US, only about 16,000 acres as of 2011. However, when cotton is grown organically, pesticide use in the world is drastically reduced. Organic farming does not employ synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers, making organically grown cotton a very clean, pure, natural product without any toxins whatsoever. Organic farming also depends on healthy soil management that reduces erosion and runoff. Organic cotton is not only healthier for our beds, it is healthier for the natural environment in our farming communities.
Organic Sateen & Twill
For our mattresses (excluding the Balsa, Madrona, Sitka, and Laurel latex mattresses, which are quilted with organic sateen and wool), we use 7-ounce cotton twill made with 100% organic-certified cotton. The toppers and duvets use a 300 thread count sateen fabric. This fabric has been scoured to remove the corn starch sizing.