Natural Latex Mattress by Vita Talalay – What is it exactly?
All that matters, is the inside of your
mattress: that is the secret to a healthy sleep. This is why we produce the
highest quality natural latex, present inside the best mattresses worldwide, to
provide you with an optimal sleeping experience.
To bring nature closer to you we
sustainably harvest the best natural latex from the rubber trees. Those
rubbertrees not only give their white gold for more than 25 years, they also
uptake an enormous amount of carbondioxide from the air. It allows you to enjoy
a healthy sleep and be environmental conscious at the same time.
A Vita Talalay natural latex mattress is
made with the result of more than half a century of producing what we know
best: natural Talalay latex. Our experience and passion, together with the
unique and unsurpassed Talalay method, is what creates the inside of a perfect natural
latex mattress: Vita Talalay.
Why a Natural Latex Mattress by Vita Talalay?
Our natural latex mattress offers you a range of health benefits: its open cell structure allows air to circulate, creating the optimal ventilation for your body. Thanks to its breathability, our latex mattresses help you to feel comfortably warm during a cold winter night and prevent you from sweating during the heat of summer.
Soft & Supportive
A natural latex mattress by Vita Talalay is ideal for your back, creating the perfect alignment for your spine. Its softness relieves your body's pressure points, while it provides support for your shoulders, back, hips and legs.
This is how our natural latex mattress provides you the best comfort for every curve of your body, no matter how you sleep: Vita Talalay's natural latex mattress is suitable for back, stomach and side sleepers.
And the best is that everyone can enjoy its benefits: it does not matter if you are an adult, teen, child or even a baby, our natural latex mattress is suitable for everybody! That is why we do are not used to say “Sleep well”, but instead say “Sleep healthy”!
Our latex mattresses make you feel as if you were sleeping on a cloud. Its bounciness (what we call active response) allows you to move around freely, creating a weightless sensation while you sleep. The free movement of your body on our natural latex mattress will enhance your sleeping experience to the top, making it hard to resist every single night!
Dust Mite Resistant
Every natural latex mattress by Vita Talalay is dust mite resistant by nature, perfect against asthma and dust mite allergy. Its natural resistance to dust mites will give you the pleasure of a truly restorative night's sleep.
Our natural latex mattress is simply the best for your healthy sleep! We simply don’t compromise.
Latex Mattress by Vita Talalay FAQ
- Are Vita Talalay latex mattresses Eco Friendly / good for the environment?
Yes, definitely. There are many good ecological reasons preferring Vita Talalay over any other comfort material.
- Are our latex mattresses safe for people with allergies?
Latex mattresses by Vita Talalay are safe for anyone with a latex allergy. We have never received any feedback from consumers with regards to latex allergy linked to the proteins that cause the allergy. The reason is that the proteins are washed out during the production process and the latex is tucked in the mattress.
For people with dust mite allergy, Vita Talalay brings an added benefit as the Talalay process makes such an airy product that it gives no ground for dust mites to live in.
- Are latex mattresses by Vita Talalay recyclable?
Yes, latex mattresses by Vita Talalay are recyclable. If the latex mattress is reclaimed by the mattress store or given to a recycling point, the latex can be reused for underfloor or insulation.
- Latex Mattresses by Vita Talalay: How long do they last?
Our natural latex mattress is made with the purest quality of natural latex. And, with our more than half a century of experience, we craft our natural latex mattresses with the unique Talalay method.
Our natural latex mattress is made pure and therefore is built to last; it will not sag, soften, tear or break.
Your Vita Talalay natural latex mattresses will keep their shape for years and years to come!
- Are latex mattresses by Vita Talalay washed ?
All late mattresses by Vita Talalay latex have been washed well with pure, clear water, that is only used one single time, washing out soaps and left over proteins. Comparisons (analysis) with other latex suppliers have shown that our washing process is very thorough
- Where do we produce our latex mattress?
All Vita Talalay products are 100% made at Radium Foam in The Netherlands in the city of Maastricht. Radium foam produces latex since 1932.
- Are Vita Talalay latex products certified?
We have several certifications: all our products are Oekotex 100 Class 1 certified; Natural Vita Talalay has the Cradle to Cradle Gold and the Eco-Institut certification. All certifications show that our products are safe. For the UK we have the FIRA certificate, showing that the Natural Vita Talalay FR is fire-retardant according to UK legislation.
- Is our latex mattress 100% natural?
Natural Vita Talalay is made with pure natural latex. In the production process we need a “vulcanization paste” that helps in the baking process. In the end result 97% is natural latex and the other 3% are natural remnants of the production process. The washing process washes out proteins and soaps used during the process.
- What is the composition of Vita Talalay® latex?
The latex used is either a combination of natural and synthetic or made fully with natural latex.
Vita Talalay offers the following range of latex products:
- Superior: A mix of 40% natural latex and 60% synthetic
- Natural: 100% natural latex.
- Embrace: A visco latex with a mix of 30% natural latex and 70% synthetic latex with a viscose supplement.
- Intuition: A mix of 60% natural and 40% synthetic with a supplement of phase change material.
- Natural FR: A flame-retardant latex made up of a mix of 50% natural latex and 50% synthetic latex with a supplement of fire-retardant material.
Synthetic latex is obtained from crude oil. During World War II, there was a shortage of natural rubber. Synthetic rubber was developed as an alternative to natural latex for making tyres, among other products. It is a very stable product and easier to produce than natural rubber, and this is why this is added to most rubber compounds. Even now, many natural latex products contain a certain quantity of synthetic materials. In addition to our pure natural Vita Talalay® latex mattress without any synthetic latex, Vita Talalay® also offers a combination of synthetic and natural latex mattresses.
Natural latex comes from the Hevea brasiliensis tree that grows in Asia and South America. The milky-white rubber sap from this tree is used in our latex mattresses. We use a mix of natural and synthetic rubber in our products. However, for our Natural Vita Talalay® latex, we do not use synthetic latex. The Natural Vita Talalay® latex is made from pure natural latex and it is available inside the best mattress brands worldwide.
- Do latex mattresses by Vita Talalay contain any flame retardants?
No, latex mattresses by Vita Talalay do not contain fire retardants. The Natural FR which is specially made for UK legislation does contain a natural flame retardant that is in line with REACH legislation, and is Cradle-to-Cradle Gold and Eco-Institut certified as well.
- Is our Talalay latex mattress biodegradable?
The natural latex used is bio based 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 tapped 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 cannot easily be undone. This is a good thing, because otherwise your bed would be degrading while you are sleeping in it.
- Is Vita Talalay latex 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.
- How does the Talalay production process looks like and how does it differ from Dunlop?
More on the production process here.
- Why do latex mattresses by Vita Talalay Latex have pinholes?
During the Talalay production process, we use molds with pins. These have a functionality during the process. They are needed for cold and heat transfer. This creates an airy open cell structure. The ventilation features of Vita Talalay are a result of the production process, and not as some foam manufacturers will say because it has been “perforated”.
- Is our talalay latex mattress environmentally friendly?
Yes! There are many ecological reasons for Vita Talalay® preference over any other comfort material.
- Do latex mattresses by Vita Talalay allow me to sleep cool?
Yes, you do. Tests show that the resistance to the heat (and moisture, which is produced by the human heat, which can sweat) with Talalay is much less than with memory foam. See also the illustration below where Talalay compared with memory foam. Test by Custom8 2013. This shows that the vertical penetration much less (in cm) in the latex of heat and humidity is compared to a generally-known memory foam.
- Which tests should be performed to ensure that the latex inside your mattress is of acceptable quality and without risks?
We test the synthetic latex for pH, dry matter and viscosity. We involve the product of European manufacturers who provide a complete product specification and we make sure they work according to European legislation. For natural latex we test pH, dry matter, mechanical stability and chemical stability. Radium Foam uses its own method of measuring chemical stability and connections are tested on a daily basis.
- Do latex mattresses by Vita Talalay come at a risk of an allergic reaction?
Vita Talalay® latex mattress is absolutely non-allergenic, all products meet the Ökotex 100 Class I standard. This means that our products are also safe for babies. The washing process of the Vita Talalay® method ensures that all proteins and soaps are washed out. People sometimes link the allergic reactions to latex gloves with latex beds, but the material can not be compared. Latex allergies are available in different forms. A very rare form is hypersensitivity to latex. In this case, the allergic reaction can be caused by exposure to particles in the air. These particles can be derived from inexpensive unwashed latex. Frequent but still rare is the allergic reaction of the skin to latex, caused by long-term intensive contact with the skin. An allergic reaction may occur. Causes can be chemical substances in the latex or the protein in the natural latex. Since the production start in 1961, Radium Foam has never heard that our products have caused an allergic reaction. There are various reasons for this. The high quality of the latex used. That each product is thoroughly rinsed and washed and that the residues of proteins and soap are removed. Or because there is no direct contact between the skin and Talalay. But a reason may also be that Vita Talalay® latex mattresses are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 product class I certified, which means that they are free from harmful substances and even safe for the baby's skin. But also because Vita Talalay® is permeable, which means a lower accumulation of dust mites and fungus. Much more often people are sensitive to house dust mites or have an asthma allergy. That is why Vita Talalay® is recommended to people who are prone to allergies.
- What is the cost of a latex mattress with Vita Talalay?
Vita Talalay can be found inside many different mattresses, mattress toppers and pillows from various brands. Therefore, the price of a mattress depends on the brand and the model.
- Why should you buy a latex mattress with Vita Talalay in it?
The manufacturer determines whether they will combine their Talalay latex mattress with (pocket) springs, supporting and filling materials (foams), or make a complete Talalay latex mattress made entirely with Vita Talalay. As a bed manufacturer, it takes real craftsmanship to be able to provide support, softness, and ventilation. The more Vita Talalay latex in your mattress, the more it offers excellent support for your body, relief for pressure points and keeps your sleep environment hygienic and hypoallergenic. It is the healthiest, most hygienic and natural comfort material in the world!