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WHAT IS NATURAL LATEX?

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. Natural Latex is biodegradable and naturally resistant to mold, mildew & bacteria.

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.

WHAT IS SYNTHETIC LATEX?

Synthetic latex is a man-made molecular copy of natural latex. The scientific name for this compound is Styrene-Butadiene (SBR).

Styrene is named for “styrax”, the resin from a Turkish tree. Low levels of styrene occur naturally in many kinds of plants as well as a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables & nuts.

Butadiene is produced by dehydration of butane obtained from petroleum. Butadiene is also used in the manufacture of latex paints and nylon fibers used in rope and clothing.

WHAT IS BLENDED LATEX?

Blended latex is just what it sounds like, a combination of Natural latex and Synthetic latex mixed together.

WHICH LATEX IS BEST FOR ME?

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

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. 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

Synthetic Latex is extremely uniform at the molecular level, so sleep products will have greater durability than those made solely with Natural Latex. However, what you gain in durability you lose in feel and sleep benefits as compared to Natural Latex.

BLENDED LATEX

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 durability 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 carrot (100% gold) wedding band because it would be too soft and bend if gripped too hard. The solution is an 18 carrot 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.

PRESSURE MAPPING

Star Bedding 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.

DURABILITY

Star Bedding Talalay Latex is 4x more durable than other latex and 20x more durable than traditional bedding foams.

At Star Bedding, 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 Star Bedding 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 Star Bedding to match any warranty that retail stores choose to offer on their products and assures maximum value for consumers.

WHAT IS STAR BEDDING’S TALALAY LATEX? AND WHY DO YOU HEAR ABOUT MEMORY FOAM MORE?

Of the top four mattress companies in the US, one spends more on annual advertising than the other three combined. This company makes only Memory Foam beds. They spend tens of millions every year advertising Memory Foam to consumers. To counter this, the remaining top three US mattress companies (who make metal coil mattresses) also make Memory Foam beds and advertise theirs to stay competitive.

Hence, the circle of abundant advertising for Memory Foam.

Due to this advertising, many people assume that all non-coil beds are made with Memory Foam or that Latex and Memory Foam are the same thing. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

In fact, the two materials are actually polar opposites and the sleeping experience could not be more different! Star Bedding Talalay Latex actually outperforms Memory Foam in every way.

OUR TALALAY LATEX DOESN’T SLEEP HOT

Sleeping hot is the #1 complaint from Memory Foam owners. This is because Memory Foam requires body heat to collapse the Foam cell structure in order to conform to your curves, the collapsing of these cells restricts air flow trapping body heat and radiating it back at you.

Star Bedding Talalay Latex is 7x more breathable than memory foam. The rubber cell structure doesn’t collapse. Its natural resistance lifts your body preventing collapse and allows air to flow through, creating an escape path for body heat.

You won’t have to continuously flip your Star Bedding Talalay Latex pillow or search for a cooler spot on your Star Bedding Talalay Latex bed.

STAR BEDDING TALALAY LATEX IS MULTI-DIMENSIONAL (33% MORE RELIEF)

Our Talalay Latex is a two-dimensional material; it’s simultaneously supportive and pressure relieving, where memory foam is a one-dimensional- pressure reliever only.

Your body sinks into and through Memory Foam until you hit a separate support layer below. Memory Foam simply can’t accomplish both pressure relief and support on its own. Hitting the support layer below Memory Foam increases pressure on your body.

Star Bedding Talalay Latex is different and testing proves it.

Our Talalay Latex provides 33% more pressure relief while simultaneously creating support because of the buoyant nature of latex. Star Bedding's Talalay Latex material accomplishes both functions (pressure relief & support) on its own so you don’t bottom out on hard layers below.

Our Talalay Latex is the best pressure relieving material used in bedding today. It provides the ultimate in pressure relief so your muscles relax to fall asleep quickly and your circulation can flow to stay asleep soundly.

TOXIN FREE

Try to find a healthier bedding material, we dare you.

In a perfect world all bedding products would be as safe as Star Bedding's Talalay Latex. The reality is that today’s technology for producing foams like Memory Foam or Polyurethane Foam simply aren't.

Today’s foams may contain any or all of the following, each are known carcinogens.

            Tetrachhloroethane

            Acetone

            Dimethylformamide

            Methyl Benzene (tolunlene)

            Methyl Dianiline

            Tolune-diisocynanate

            Vinilideine Chloride

Star Bedding Talalay Latex contains none of these.

LATEX ALLERGENS

Zero cases of allergic reactions to Star Bedding products have been reported.

Star Bedding has been making Talalay pillows and mattress components for over 35 years. Every year millions of products are sold using Star Bedding 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.

BREATHABILITY

Star Bedding 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.

Star Bedding 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.

Bedding Allergens BEDDING ALLERGENS Mold, Mildew, Bacteria & Dust Mites

Star Bedding 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 Star Bedding Talalay Latex is mold, mildew & bacteria proof- these organisms simply won’t grow on it. Furthermore, it’s dust mite resistant so these critters will prefer to be elsewhere, not right next to your face as you sleep.

LATEX TALALAY- ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS

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*

RESPONSIBLE

            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! Star Bedding Talalay Latex rubber, unlike memory foam, does not off-gas any harmful chemicals.

            SUSTAINABILITY: Star Bedding uses millions of gallons of natural latex each year. Natural latex is harvested from trees that help “scrub” excess carbon from our air.