What is Talalay Latex?

Talalay latex is one of the most luxurious mattress materials. Not only does it offer great pressure relief, it is extremely durable and very comfortable. Talalay latex is a natural product that is biodegradable. What are the benefits of Talalay latex and how does it compare to Dunlop latex and memory foam?

What is Talalay Latex? 

Talalay latex is a type of natural latex. It is known for gently cradling shoulders and hips as you sleep on your side, but any kind of sleeper can benefit. Talalay is also very breathable due to its open cell structure. It is a great material for those who tend to sleep hot. Since Talalay is a natural latex, it does not off gas harmful chemicals. If health and material purity are important to you, Talalay latex would be a fine non toxic choice for your mattress or topper.

Talalay versus Dunlop

Talalay and Dunlop are two types of natural latex, but they differ in feel and in terms of the manufacturing process. Talalay is best and most responsive for those that sleep on their side, while Dunlop is the denser of the two types of latex and offers incredible support. If you like the best of both worlds, you can choose Talalay as your top comfort layer and Dunlop for the two base layers. This will give the mattress an overall firmer feel then an all Talalay mattress.

Talalay has extra steps in the manufacturing process. As the latex is poured into the mold, it is vacuumed sealed and flash frozen before being baked. This gives Talalay the open cell structure and an overall more consistent feel than Dunlop. Because of the extra steps, Talalay is a little more expensive then Dunlop. However, with Dunlop you can simply flip the layer over to receive a firmer feel to your mattress. Talalay’s density is consistent so you do not have that flexibility.

Talalay versus Memory Foam

Talalay and memory foam both offer great pressure point relief, however there are a few major differences between these two mattress cores. Talalay latex is a natural material that is harvested from the sap of the rubber tree. Memory foam is a chemically manufactured man made product. Talalay is an eco-friendly healthy material that doesn’t sacrifice comfort.

Memory foam is comfortable at first, but it is a chemical reaction from your body heat and the foam that allows it to conform to your body’s curves. Not only is there the potential feeling of overheating while you try to sleep, but eventually memory foam might have trouble bouncing back. This will lead to dips and sags in the mattress instead of long lasting pressure point relief.

Is Talalay Latex Natural? 

Yes, Talalay latex is natural. We recommend avoiding polyurethane foam and memory foam mattresses if you wish to have a natural mattress.

What is the best Talalay Mattress? 

The best Talalay mattress is made from the highest quality natural latex that is both comfortable and safe. We offer Talalay mattresses from Savvy Rest here at The Natural Mattress Company. Savvy Rest uses Vita Talalay from Radium Foam, which is known for its material purity and durability. It is Cradle to Cradle GOLD certified and made using sustainable forestry practices. Savvy Rest is currently the only mattress manufacturer to offer GOTS-certified organic mattresses with Talalay latex.

 

Metta Bed available at The Natural Mattress Company

The Metta Organic Mattress is an extremely comfortable, certified organic, all latex mattress that delivers on the promise of a great nights sleep naturally. The mattress is conveniently delivered to your door in a single box. Talk about an easy set up. The Metta is free from fire retardant chemicals, petroleum based foams and other synthetic materials. It is made with the finest organic materials available: Organic latex, cotton and wool and is Greenguard Gold certified. You won’t find a better built bed at any price.

Using their innovative layer system the Metta has three different comfort levels: plush medium and firm. You will choose a comfort layer at the time of purchase. If within a 120 days, you want to change your comfort level you are able to do it through their latex exchange program. Best of all its free including no shipping charge.

Organic latex is supportive, responsive and does not cause you to overheat.

Organic cotton fabric used for the casing is beautiful, breathable soft and durable.

Organic wool helps you sleep cool by wicking moisture away from your body. Wool is a temperature regulator keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

You can’t beat the price! A Queen mattress is $1299.00!

How to choose the right organic mattress pad?

A mattress pad is considered essential bedding. It will protect mattress you invested in for years to come.

Why should you use a mattress pad?

The obvious answer is that the pad will keep your mattress visibily clean. It will also protect your mattress from a buildup of grimy microscopic pileup of skin oils, sweat, hair products, dust and dead skin cells. Plus any liquid you might spill on the mattress. A mattress pad will help keep your sleeping surface sanitary.

There are really two organic options for mattress pads:

Wool Mattress Pad – The weave of a wool mattress pad makes moisture bead on the surface. We wouldn’t say its moisture proof, but a wool pad is very moisture resistant. Pure wool pads should be hand washed, if it is machine washed on delicate you may experience some shrinkage.

Organic Cotton Mattress Pad – Very simple and machine washable. The pad will protect against all the dirt and grime mentioned above.

We also carry non organic wool mattress pads that are moisture proof and machine washable. They still offer wool’s great breathability resulting in maintained core body temperatures without overheating. The wool is treated with a biowash that allows it to be washable.

Please take a look at many of our mattress pad options on our website.

Vermont Organic Mattress Showroom to Reopen Monday May 18th!

For Immediate Release…

The Natural Mattress Company will reopen our showroom on Monday May 18th. The State of Vermont has mandated that retail stores need to limit patrons to 25% of the legal capacity.
We would appreciate if customers would call ahead to make an appointment, as I would like to try and limit the showroom to one customer group at a time. However, it is not absolutely necessary.

Store employees will be taking all the precautions, such as wearing face masks, sanitizing, and maintaining a six foot distance. It can even be arranged, where you enter the store on your own, and we discuss mattress options when you come outside. We want to make you feel comfortable and safe!

If you want to shop from home we are still available digitally. Whether you have a question about a mattress, bed frame or organic bedding we can help you out via e-mail or phone call.
 

Thank you so much for supporting our small local business during this difficult time. It means so much to us!

Mike

How to Support Brick and Mortar Stores Amidst Covid-19

How to Support Brick and Mortar Stores Amidst Covid-19

With quarantine extensions beginning to indicate the current, growing severity of this pandemic, many universities, public schooling, large venues, sports, and numerous other industries begin to prepare for the long-term. Uncertainty seems to be the one thing certain during the coronavirus pandemic, upheaving the lives of billions of Americans. During this stressful and unprecedented time period, it is ever-so important to find ways to support local, from retailers to restaurants. Many large corporations like UberEats and DoorDash offer free delivery from local restaurants in order to help promote the takeout business. But what about retailers? What is the best way you can support your local brick and mortar store?

 

How to Offer Financial Support

  1. The most obvious way to support your local retailers would be to purchase, if possible, any product. Big or small, all purchases help the shop pay fixed costs such as rent. However, not every store is equal. Here at the Natural Mattress Company, we know buying a mattress is a long process, including time for research and testing. However, we do offer a couple of mattresses that can be re-customized softer or firmer after purchase for no charge while our store’s showroom is closed.

  2. If possible, buy a gift card from your favorite store. This is a popular way to give money to the stores to use now, and allows you to use the gift card later, thus benefiting both parties.

 

How to Offer Other Support

  1. Promote the brand online! A positive review or just a post about the store is just as important as financial support. Remember to follow all of your favorite stores on social media and love their posts.

  2. Check out their website. Website traffic is a great way to boost a company while allowing you to continue research on the brand or product that caught your eye!

  3. Reach out. If you really would like to support your local stores, shoot them an email or leave a call! Asking what you as a customer and patron can during this time is the best and simplest way to provide support.

 

During this pandemic, it is extremely important that we rely on each other, our neighbors, friends, families, and even local businesses. Remember that eventually this will all be over, and here at the Natural Mattress Company we are very excited for the day we get to reopen our doors and talk face-to-face with our customers again. One of the best ways to support your favorite local store is to prepare for after quarantine. Stopping in to say shop or even just say hello offers us the encouragement needed to get through the trying times to follow. We miss all of you greatly and wish you and your loved ones well. Remember to stay safe, and stay inside!

Earth Day, 1% for the Planet & The Natural Mattress Company

We try to do our small part for the earth.  1% off all sales are donated to 1% for the Planet. Not just for Earth Day but all year long! A Burlington VT based non profit, their impact is to bring dollars and doers together to accelerate smart environmental giving. Here is a blog the Intervale Center wrote on the relationship between 1% for the planet, member companies such as The Natural Mattress Company, PatagoniaSkinny PancakeSunsoil, and Dickson Law, and local environmental non profits such as the Intervale Center.

https://www.intervale.org/blog-source/1-can-make-a-huge-impact

Through 1%,  we support other Burlington local non profits such as the Intervale Center   Lake Champlain Land Trust and 350VT. The Intervale’s mission is to strengthen community food systems.During the COVID 19 pandemic the  Intervale Center and many across Vermont will need resources to cope with major disruptions but to also increase our capacity to support our neighbors who farm and need food during this crisis. Please consider making a donation to the Intervale Center here.  This year the Natural Mattress was a sponsor of Wintervale and is excited to be a returning contributor to Summervale!

350Vermont organizes, educates, and supports people in Vermont to work together for climate justice – resisting fossil fuels, building momentum for alternatives, and transforming our communities toward justice and resilience.

Here is a statement from 350VT since the pandemic has occured: Clearly the landscape has changed, but we remain committed to working for climate justice – and if anything, the root causes of the climate crisis are that much more apparent now! The fossil fuel industry is using this moment of vulnerability to build more pipelines, the federal government is de-regulating environmental standards, and states are passing laws banning nonviolent direct action. There is no doubt that the community-based solutions and resiliency we’ve been building together are needed now more than ever. We’ve moved all of our Earth Week community actions online, and we hope you’ll join us for those and other webinars that we’ll be announcing soon.

The Lake Champlain Land Trust mission is to save the scenic beauty, natural communities, and recreational amenities of Lake Champlain by permanently preserving significant islands, shoreline areas, and natural communities in the Champlain Region.You can visit the land trusts website to join their newsletter to receive updates. I think their trails are still open!

 

Few Brands We’re Proud to Represent Response to COVID-19

At OMI, the health and safety of our employees, customers and partners is our top priority. Accordingly, we have implemented new procedures of our own, and also followed the suggestions of CDC and others, in response to the COVID-19 virus.

At our Eco-Factory in California, we have installed certain new policies that limit our production staff’s contact with products, and contact between one another as much as possible. This includes for example, staggered shifts.  Also, we have implemented an enhanced cleaning regimen for all hard surfaces including our machinery and tools, following best practices as recently outlined by health organizations.

In addition, we are using commercial purifiers in key locations, to circulate air thru Super HEPA filters. The purifiers in use at our factory are equipped with UV germicidal lamps to flood airborne pathogens with ultraviolet light. The combination of a Super HEPA filter and UV exposure are shown to be highly effective in removing airborne viruses. These special filtration systems have also been made available to OMI retailers, for use in their stores.

For sales and customer service personnel, our modern communication systems allow the teams to work from their homes, to be with their families and also to observe the very important restrictions placed on social contact. Our work-from-home policy of course also means we are able to maintain continuity in service.

As a company committed to purity and health since our founding in 2003, know we are doing our part to keep our workforce well and limit the transmission of COVID-19 virus.

 

White Lotus Home:

We are following the guidance of global health experts at WHO and U.S. CDC on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus including the following:

  • Any employee that shows any signs of illness, is asked to please go home. They will be using sick days and we are working on offering more paid days off as soon as we get new financial assistance. Thankfully, none of our crew members has had to go home due to illness.
  • Our staff is following all the frequent hand washing protocols. We are cleaning and disinfecting our entire facility daily, including but not limited to cleaning all door handles inside and out, bathrooms and kitchen, all sewing machines and areas of handcrafting, every handcrafter is now working in their own separate room.
  • Once each product has been handcrafted, they are properly sealed in a bag (or paper wrapped if you prefer).  For orders shipping via UPS, FedEx or USPS, the already sealed order is placed inside a brand new box

In order to reduce exposure from the time your order is handmade in our NJ facility until the time it enters your home:

  • When your order arrives, you can remove and discard/recycle the box before you bring the bagged product(s) into your home.

 

Savvy Rest:

COVID-19 has deeply impacted the lives of everyone across the globe in various ways, and here at Savvy Rest the situation is no different.

As an organic company, health is something we take seriously. We have been monitoring local and national news and continue to stay informed of CDC recommendations. We also value the communities we are part of–our work community, our local community, and all of the communities that are part of Savvy Rest’s broad reach. We want to be as responsible as possible to help prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease.

Employees in our warehouse are practicing social distancing and CDC hygiene recommendations at all times.

How To Find Rest During A Restless Time

As countries close borders, businesses shut down, and quarantine continues, these stressful times begin to take a toll on our bodies. Anxiety and stress has been proven to lower the immune system and increase the risk of high blood pressure or heart attack. Amidst all of this, sleep is often overlooked as a way to help the body recover and overcome these obstacles. But finding sleep can be difficult. While you may be struggling to fall asleep during these troublesome times, there are a few methods and products that may be able to help you to get a better night’s rest:

 

Take a Sip

There’s a reason behind the warm milk before bed tale. A warm drink can often ease the body and release endorphins. A warm cup or milk or a mug of Chamomile Tea is all you might need to signal to your body, it’s time for bed. A glass or water can also be a positive bedtime routine!

Take Melatonin Supplements

A new and rising trend, melatonin can be found everywhere from your local pharmacy to Amazon. One pill or gummy in the evening and you’ll find falling asleep has never been easier. It’s all natural, good for the body, and is a positive signal to the brain for a long, happy night’s rest.

 

Kava Kava

If you don’t want to try melatonin, Kava Kava is another great option. You can buy it in powder or pill, and take a little before night. This herb has been proven to ease anxiety and boost sleep.

 

Mediation and Mindfulness

While sounding counterproductive, meditation or mindfulness are ways to actually handle and manage the thoughts in your head. By practicing, you will start to gather the tool set to be able to shut off your brain before bed, avoiding those late nights filled with stress!

 

Breath Exercises

Focusing on your breath also trains the brain to ignore the other thoughts in your head. Breathing exercises can be a positive way to center yourself and prepare for sleep.

 

Aromatherapy

In the age of diffusers, try using a lavender scent before bedtime. This calming scent is directly associated with instigating feelings of calm and sleepiness. Pro tip: try Silexan Lavender Oil.

 

While not all of these products or methods may work for you, a few of them may be able to help aid your journey with sleep. With a proper night’s rest, your immune system is proven to be stronger and you will be more prepared to handle whatever happens that day. From all of us here at the Natural Mattress Company, we wish you a good night’s rest and safe keeping. Remember to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and take a nap!

How to decide how firm your latex mattress should be?

Layers of natural latex.

When choosing latex firmness for your mattress, you have the option to choose between soft, medium and firm. Some factors that can help you choose the best for your body are weight, sleep position, and personal preference.

So which firmness might be the best fit for me!

Soft latex mattress:

Soft latex mattresses typically work well for petit adults. Especially if they sleep on their side and they need pressure point relief. If a mattress is too firm it can cause hip or should pain. A soft mattress will gently cradle those pressure points.

Medium Latex Mattress:

A medium latex mattress is a more neutral density. Obviously, it is neither too soft nor too firm. Both side and back sleeps can rest comfortably on a medium firm mattress, especially if they are more of an average build and don’t have pressure point issues. A medium mattress is usually a good choice for a guest bed.

Firm Latex Mattress:

A firm latex mattress is best for back and stomach sleepers as if offers the most support. Stomach sleepers need a firm mattress to avoid sinking into the latex. If the mattress does not offer enough support, it would cause a stomach sleeper’s back to arch.

Choosing your firmness:

Many of the mattresses we carry are customizable and offer latex layers. Examples are the Savvy Rest Serenity, Ergovea Valencia, and OMI Duo. With this type of mattress, the firmer layers should go on the bottom offering support. The softer layer should be on the top to offer comfort. These types of mattresses are a perfect fit, especially if you and your partner have different firmness preferences. The customizability of the mattress allows each person to get exactly what they want. Neither person has too compromise their comfort.

How to Overcome Mattress Phobia

Buying a mattress can be a daunting task. Mattresses do not come cheap and are decade long commitments for most. The majority of consumers put in a lot of research to their mattress company and specific model they want. But finally taking that leap of faith can be scary. Especially if your first night’s rest on your brand new mattress is not that life-changing experience you’ve been hoping for. 

 

Here at Natural Mattress Company, we’ve come to tell you there’s no reason to be afraid. Mattresses, much like most new products, take breaking in. Your body needs time to adjust to the new bed and the mattress itself has to settle into the frame. 

 

According to an article by Sleepadvisor.org, there are 8 tips to follow after buying your new mattress that will make the difference between your mattress nightmare and a good night’s sleep:

Let Your Mattress Breathe

Most mattresses need air flow, especially organic or natural mattresses. The latex needs to breathe. That’s why we sell coconut mats to lay between your mattress and the bed frame. These mats allow for circulation under the mattress and further provide support for the mattress. The best part: they’re all natural too!

Put on the Pressure

When first getting your mattress, you can try putting a lot of pressure dispersed throughout the mattress. This helps loosen the latex and potentially even soften your bed by introducing air flow. This may also help prevent any mattress imprint that could be made later by introducing pressure throughout the mattress, instead of in one place.

Be Patient

This advice has always been our favorite advice. Give your mattress some patience. That first night most likely will never be the best night. We advise people give their mattresses at least 30 days, sometimes even up to 90. Fun fact: that is why mattress warranties are often 90 days!

Warm It Up

Not the best advice, especially for natural mattresses. But if you’d like, some foam mattresses react well to a warmer temperature. However, latex does not mind the cold and most people do not like to sleep in hot bedrooms. Take this advice as you wish. 

Sleep on It Consistently

Along with patience, you have to give your mattress its best shot. By doing this, you need to sleep on it every night for those 30 or 90 days. This is the fastest route to breaking it in. 

Put It on the Right Foundation

The bed frame can be half the battle with mattresses. We encourage our customers to do research on the mattress to find the bed frame that will work best for it. Natural latex mattresses can often be very heavy. Because of this, we advise platform bed frames to properly support the mattress throughout.

Follow your Gut

No matter if you’re willing to put in the time, if the mattress isn’t right for you then don’t suffer. If you are worried about this, look into mattress companies like Savvy Rest that allow a latex exchange to better suit the mattress for your needs.

Give It the Full Time

Along with patience, try to give the mattress the full trial time recommended. Those 30 or 90 days may just change your life. 

 

SleepAdvisor has got it right. Patience and time may just be the best way for you to overcome that mattress phobia. If you have any more questions or fears, feel free to give us a call and we’ll do our best to help. The Natural Mattress Company prides itself on putting customers first. We look forward to working with our customers as a team effort to find the mattress best suited for them. Swing by at any time to lay on one of mattresses or to just say hi. Our door is always open.