Dust mite allergy
Many people suffer from allergies. One of the most common is an allergy to dust mites. Mattresses and pillows are an ideal environment for dust mites, but fortunately there is something you can do about this.
People who wake up with a stuffy nose or sneezing fits in the morning. Or people whose eyes get red and start watering when they are in a room with carpeting, upholstered furniture and curtains. People who have trouble breathing at night, or who wheeze when they breathe. These are all people with typical signs of a dust mite allergy. The symptoms usually affect the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and lungs.
Sneezing fits or a stuffy nose?
Dust mite allergy
Symptoms mainly affect mucous membranes
Allergies during sleep
What is a dust mite allergy?
The faeces of dust mites are the main culprit in causing a reaction in people who are allergic to them. Dust mites are arachnids and are small, whitish insects.
They are only 0.1 to 0.6 mm in size, making them difficult to see with the naked eye. Dust mites themselves are harmless, unless you are allergic to them, of course.
How many dust mites are there?
Mattresses and pillows unfortunately offer excellent living conditions for dust mites, bacteria and mould. An average mattress is home to no fewer than two million dust mites. Every dust mite produces 200 times its own weight in faeces.
Since people usually spend an average of eight hours a day in bed, we come in close contact with dust mites’ faeces on a long-term basis. The slightest movement in bed causes all these faeces to become airborne, after which they are inhaled, and this can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Where are these dust mites?
Dust mites feel most at home in dark, damp areas at a temperature of around 25°C. They feed on dead skin cells from humans, and this is why mattresses, duvets and pillows are their ideal habitats.
Dust mites are also found in clothing, carpeting, upholstery and for example in stuffed toys.
When are dust mites present?
Dust mites are actually always present and appear throughout the year. There is however an increase during colder periods, so usually during the autumn and winter.
Symptoms are worse during these seasons than at other times of year. The symptoms usually manifest themselves at night and in the morning, upon waking up.
How does the production process look like and how does it differ from Dunlop latex?
More on the production process here.
What is memory foam?
Memory foam is a type of polyurethane foam that has viscoelastic properties. That gives the foam its slow response properties, it remembers the place you have been sleeping.
For Vita Talalay Embrace we have some viscoelastic properties added to the material, showing a better pressure relief and support than with memory foam. Also it still makes it easy to turn while sleeping.
Is Vita Talalay safe without being organic ?
Food can be fully organic. But with a latex mattress that does not make sense. Harvested organic latex always need an addition of some inorganic materials to process it into a latex mattress, topper or pillow. Organic certifications do some traceability of the latex itself but do not trace whether the added inorganic materials (needed to get from liquid to a solid material) are safe. All Vita Talalay is Oekotex 100 Class 1. With Natural Vita Talalay we even have two more certifications that test the end product to be safe. And on top Cradle to Cradle chemists have analysed not only the latex, but also the inorganic additives. It shows that the latex and the additives contains zero harmful materials for the health of humans and the environment.
Is Vita Talalay latex biodegradable ?
The natural latex used is biobased and also biodegrades. However, there is no such thing as a foam being biodegradable! Not a memory foam, not a Dunlop latex and not a Talalay. Claims like “biodegradable as an oak leaf” are misleading. Indeed the liquid natural latex rubber itself is biodegradable, but the finished product is not. The reason is that in the process crosslinks are made of the molecules, that can not easily be undone. Which is a good thing: otherwise your bed would be degrading while you are sleeping in it.
Of course, after a long time the particles would get smaller and smaller until you can’t see them anymore. But they are still there: instead of bio-degrading it is deteriorating.
Where does the latex come from?
Most of our latex is sourced from South East Asia, Thailand.