Introducing Latex Mattress Cores made with Certified Organic Latex!
has done it! After years of preparation they have finally produced the World's First latex mattress cores and topper made with Certified Organic Latex. Coupled with our already Organic Cotton cover makes this what we believe to be one of the most organic mattresses available. It's one thing to be all natural, it's a completely different thing to be able to state "made with GOLS CERTIFIED ORGANIC Latex".
**LEGAL DISCLAIMER- This mattress is not Certified Organic, only the raw latex core is Certified to be harvested from organic rubber trees which consists of approx 95% of the total mattress. Documentation and serial numbers available on request**
This has taken a long time to accomplish. Latex Green in Sri Lanka buys from farmers who restrict a huge part of their rubber tree crop and kept it free from chemical fertilizers and chemical pesticides for many years until it was finally received the GOLS organic certification in both the US and EU. Also, a large part of the manufacturing facility had to also be sectioned off and kept completely sterile. This was a major expense and huge undertaking to accomplish but Latex Green's dedication to the earth and our environment has been nothing short of amazing.
Here's what our supplier had to say about this long journey-
In order to meet the requirements for certification Latex Green isolated a section of the plantation. The USDA requires that there be no chemical fertilizers or pesticides used on the trees or ground for no less than 4 years before any latex sap can be collected. After purging for 4 years the sap is collected and stored in a separate facility. It is then mixed, poured, processed, washed and packaged separately using separate equipment so as not to get contaminated by environmental conditions. You'll notice that even the pincore pattern of the Organic latex is somewhat different from the regular (all natural) Naturalux latex. That is because the newly commissioned molds used to produce the Organic are used solely for that purpose and never used to produce other products like the Naturalux, assuring that there is no co-mingling, residue or trace contamination. The material is also packaged in foil lined paper and stored separately in both the Latex Green and the Sleep Comp facility located in Buena Park, CA.
This has been a long and costly process requiring years of commitment, diligence and investment but the results are the Worlds First mattress cores made with GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) Certified Organic Latex.
We at Arizona Premium Mattress Company, Phoenix, AZ are proud to be one of if not THE first latex mattress manufacturers to bring this incredible product to the states and offer it at our normal factory direct discounted prices. Of course this product will command an extremely high dollar when it finally hits the retail mattress stores but you now have the opportunity to own a modern marvel at a fair and honest price.
Construction is simple: One 6" Dunlop Processed Latex Core made with Certified Organic. It's available in soft, medium or firm along with a 2" soft topper of the same material. Finished off with our organic cotton zippered cover which is the same one we use on our Natural Talalay Latex
model. This item is roll packed as one piece and ships via UPS door to door nationwide including Canada.
Within "green" marketing terms, there is a listing of various terms such as "natural, all-natural, eco-friendly, light green" and of course "organic". These various terms have not been clear to mattress manufacturers, retailers or consumers. One term; however, has been defined by both US agencies such as the USDA Natural Organic Program (NOP), and international agencies such as the International Working Group (IWG) for Global Organic Textiles Standards (GOTS); that is the term "Organic".
According to the Specialty Sleep Association Definitions and Terminology guide, "GOTS guidelines state that textile products that claim to be organic or organic in conversion" require that 95% or more of the fibers must be certified organic (or in conversion) origin. In addition to the above agencies and requirements there are also other international agencies, testing labs, certifications and standards such as European Union (EU), Control Union World Group in the Netherlands, ECO Institute (testing and certification), and the well-known OekeTex standards for natural products and processes.
For the past four years Latex Green (PVT) Ltd has been seeking to take the leadership position in discussing "green" as that term applies to "organic" latex rubber mattress and bedding components. The Sri-Lanka- based company has leveraged its direct links to rubber tree plantations and the company’s expertise in latex rubber R&D to embark upon a mission to introduce the worlds’ first sleep product made with "Certified Organic Latex". By introducing this 100% Natural latex, with no synthetic blends or fillers added, Latex Green and their US-based distributor Latexco West, have taken a major nature-friendly step forward not only advancing green processes and products, but fully documenting the program as well.
"As the world demands more eco-friendly products, our mission becomes broader", states Latex Green’s CEO Ana Jayatilleka. "We are determined to become an icon for Natural Latex products in the bedding industry and that will be proven through our actions and documentation".
In order to produce and market 100% pure organic latex in their products, Latex Green has to carefully source latex rubber from certified plantations. This process is a priority for the company. Organic latex rubber plantations need to be maintained free of pesticides and chemical fertilizes at all times. In order to begin this excise, the company had to obtain an organic status for its latex. This process begins at the plantation level; such plantations should be free of pesticides and chemical mixed fertilizes for a minimum of four years. This organic farming method must be inspected, confirmed and accepted by the Control Union World Group of Netherlands (PCU) for an initial review. This organization is the authoritative body for performing organic certifications for USDA/ NOP (Natural organic Program of the US Agriculture department) and for European Union Organic production certification in the region.
Latex Green (PVT) Ltd has uses latex with GOLS Organic Certification
As the organic program begins at the plantation, it is essential that a careful study be conducted for converting the traditional plantation to an organic field. This involves the selection of an ideal site, water supply and quality, soil type and crop selection. The importance of selecting an ideal site assures the physical characteristics of the overall field site. This includes the condition of the soil depth, water content, condition and consistency of the airflow throughout the plantation field. The consistent airflow ensures the maximum use of carbon dioxide to enhance latex production naturally. (More natural latex produced will help reduce the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.)
Soil type refers to the physical composition and properties of the soil. Soils consist of decomposed mineral matter (sand, sediment and clay) and decomposed organic matter. Water quality is equally as important as is soil structure when selecting the field site. The water used in latex irrigation should contain less than 400 ppm soluble deposits. Therefore, it is critical to keep away from water resources containing high levels of toxic elements such as Boron or Aluminum. All these factors will influence the harvest of well-balanced Natural Organic latex material that will be inline with the guidelines laid out by USDA/ NOP & EU standards.
The process controls do not stop at this level. The certified latex will be bulked-tanked, centrifuged and then transported to the factory for production. This course of action is handled by various equipment and facilities that are exclusively assigned for organic latex storage and processing in order to ensure the organic status. Furthermore, to maintain the authenticity of the product, the production of latex cores, toppers and pillows are made in a production line that is has been designated exclusively for organic product.
"Based on our company philosophy, we have been working for many years to promote naturally grown raw materials in an environment-friendly way. The organic latex project was a great accomplishment and a new benchmark for our R&D performance" says the head of R&D Dedunu Gunathilaka. The dedicated team has proven its ultimate skill and experience by making the new organic and the existing 100% Natural product recognized by Oeko-Tex-100 standard, with Class-01 certification. Latex Green (PVT) Ltd is one of the very few latex manufacturers in the world who earned the Class-01 status confirming that their product meets the human ecological requirements of the standard presently established for baby articles. This was another great achievement for Latex Green products. Moreover, Latex Green has obtained ECO recognition certifying their product as being a pure Natural latex product without adding fillers or synthetic material in the compounds. The test laboratory, LGA-Germany awarded 100 points out of 100 for product’s resilience characteristics, which is even further recognition for the product.
There are 16 quality control checkpoints throughout the process ensuring product quality, starting from raw latex to the final product. The newly introduced bar-coding system ensures the product count accuracy at loading and has the ability to trace back product quality up to its raw material stage. This is a new in-house development performed by the team. Going one-step further, Latex Green is now equipped with body pressure mapping facility and every mattress of Organic Latex being labeled with pressure readings. Furthermore, the company has taken the initiative to introduce non-Poly packaging material for the new organic latex cores & toppers, ensuring the total offering to be more nature friendly.
According to the Marketing Director, Mithra Weerasinghe, this was a trial launch of a well-designed project with three phases to be added over the next three years. The first step was a selective, soft announcement in the US of a certified organic latex product through their distributor associate, Latexco West/ Sleep Comp West supplier to Arizona Premium Mattress. This initial launch brought an overwhelming response and demand for the product. Due to requirements and limitations of certified organic plantations, the increasing demand quickly exceeded the supply potential. However, Weerasinghe points out that there is another plantation already in conversion to organic status, which will add more capacity in the very near future.
“We believe that the launch of the Natural Organic Latex product line will help to clarify the definition of the word “Green” at the purest level in the years to come says Weersinghe.
Roger Coffey, president of Latexco West/Sleep Comp West states that “I have been a distributor of Latex Green since they poured their first core. In my 30-plus years in the foam industry, I have never experienced a better partner on the supply side of the industry. They have been an excellent supplier of the 100% natural latex cores and have been on the cutting edge of product development utilizing the newest manufacturing techniques. Their dedication to understanding consumer needs have made our company a more valued supplier to our customers. This certified organic product has been requested for many years and we are privileged to be the exclusive supplier in the US.”
Speaking of Latex Green’s customers and partners, Weerasinghe notes, “We are grateful for the continuous support & cooperation received from customers such as Sleep Comp West which supplies Arizona Premium Mattress Company . They have made Latex Green’s natural latex program a real success over the years. We have a passion for “Nature,” therefore every effort to maximize our efforts to protect the environment is critical to our purpose and our mission as a supplier of superior mattress and bedding components.”