GOLS ORGANIC CERTIFIED LATEX
The best mattresses in the world are made with organic, 100% natural latex rubber. No other material comes close in terms of comfort, breathability, resiliency, elasticity, motion isolation, durability, support and even biodegradability. It makes a superior comfort and support layer. (We use it in both.) And the most desirable and scarce latex is GOLS Organic Certified Latex — grown ethically, sustainably and responsibly — without persistent pesticides and herbicides, on USDA’s NOP organic-certified family cooperatives, and processed in organic certified facilities to stringent standards. Although organic latex may look the same as natural, blended or synthetic latex, it’s not. Organic latex is safe for farmers and their families, better for you and better the planet. It’s the only latex we use. This is the story of how our GOLS organic certified latex is grown, harvested and processed.
FOREST TO MATTRESS
At Avocado, our latex rubber is sourced from Avocado Organic Latex and Fibers in India. Yes, we co-own the GOLS organic certified farmer’s society and latex processing facility. This eliminates middlemen and costly markups, provides transparency and full traceability, and allows us to source the best organic latex for use in mattresses and pillows, while at the same time, maintaining the highest standards for ecology and social responsibility.
HARVESTING ORGANIC LATEX RUBBER FOR OUR MATTRESSES
IT BEGINS WITH RUBBER TREE TAPPING
Tapping a rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis) requires a skilled hand. Early in the morning, the tapper uses a metal gouge with a sharp tip to make a shallow cut in the outer bark, at a downward angle, to winding ribbon around the tree. This opens the network of continuous latex vessels that spiral around the tree. The tree is not harmed. In fact, it can produce latex for nearly 25 years.
MILKY WHITE LATEX,
DRIP BY DRIP
At the end of the winding channel, the tapper makes a downward cut and hangs a small metal cup neatly from the side of the tree. As the milky-white latex (the exudate) begins to flow and drip, it’s collected in the cup. Each rubber tree provides about 15 grams of latex per day.
THE LATEX SAP IS COLLECTED
After 4-6 hours, the collection cup is filled with latex sap. The rubber tree can be harvested in this way about two to three times a week, except during the dry season, for approximately 25 years. No polluting machines or powered tools are used.
12 ACRES FOR ONE
To make a queen sized organic latex mattress, it requires the full output of approximately 2,500 rubber trees spread over 10-12 acres. But instead of harming the environment, the organic farming process helps it. The same number of trees will, over the course of one year, remove 143 tons of carbon dioxide from the air. They also provide habitat for animals and livestock, preserve the health of our forests, contribute to healthy water (no pollution), and provide gainful employment for family farmers where jobs are often scarce.
PROCESSING ORGANIC LATEX
OUR ORGANIC FACILITY
Avocado Organic Latex and Fibers, a GOLS organic certified facility in Southern India, processes raw latex into latex rubber foam cores for use in our mattresses and pillows. It’s located next to the rubber tree farms. Avocado is the only mattress brand in the world to own their organic latex processing facility. This green facility is actually powered by wind turbines. No harmful chemicals or additives are used. By using our own facility, we ensure quality, accessibility, trust and affordability. Here’s how raw latex is transformed into latex cores …
MIXED AND POURED
To make our Dunlop latex, the raw latex formulation is mixed into a frothy foam in centrifuges, where impurities are removed and protein allergens greatly diminished. It’s then pumped into large molds (very similar to an oversized waffle iron). Latex foam is a poor conductor of heat (which is great for a mattress), so ‘pins’ are present in the mold to help heat and cool the foam. The pins make the holes that are characteristic of latex foam cores.
RINSED & DRIED
The mold is closed, and then passed into large ovens and heated to approximately 350° Fahrenheit. The ovens use steam, powered from nearby rainwater collection ponds and burn biomass from the surrounding farms for heat. The resulting latex foam is then rinsed in several stages with fresh water, which helps prevent allergies by extensively washing off all of the free proteins, then dried.
Our GOLS organic certified latex is processed to the original Dunlop method. The Talalay latex processing method is a newer process and more common, adding chemicals and two more steps to further vulcanize the latex. Talalay latex is slightly softer than Dunlop latex, but less durable and requires glue at the seams (since it can not be made in larger sizes). Due to the additional chemical processing, Talalay latex can be considered natural and tested to be non-toxic, but can never be certified as organic. This is why Avocado uses GOLS organic Dunlop latex exclusively.
SAFE & NON-TOXIC
Our Avocado Green Mattress uses between 3 to 5 inches of GOLS organic certified latex — and is MADE SAFE® Certified Non-Toxic. MADE SAFE is rigorous screening process for toxicity. It screens for all known and suspected harmful substances. Unlike other certifications, it does not set acceptable levels of toxicity. Instead, it prohibits all use of harmful substances. Avocado is one of only three mattress brands in the world to meet this lofty standard of safety.
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