Latex mattresses can be made from natural latex, synthetic latex, or a combination of the two.
Natural latex mattresses are far better for the environment. The trees natural latex hails from can be used for several decades, without having to be felled.
An organic mattress is a greener and more environmentally-friendly solution.
These mattresses are also very comfortable, adequately supporting the body, relieving pressure points, and allowing for restful sleep.
But, natural latex mattresses are quite a bit more expensive.
That's why many people opt for synthetic latex - or a mixture of natural and synthetic - instead.
The advantage of synthetic materials is that they’re much cheaper than natural materials.
But, they can have a pretty strong rubbery smell, particularly in the early days.
They're also less great for the environment.
Interestingly, a mattress deemed 100% latex does not necessarily mean it's a 100% natural latex mattress. According to guidelines, a 100% latex mattress only has to contain 85% latex - but, within that percentage, it has to be guaranteed 100% natural latex.
The filler material is often made up by synthetic latex or other materials.