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# The Difference Between Organic Latex and Natural Latex

by Matty Trussell [Guest Blogger] May 23, 2022 4 min read

If you are like most people, you probably think that organic latex and 100% natural latex are the same thing. After all, they’re both made from latex, right?

There is actually a difference between organic latex and natural latex, and it’s not just a matter of semantics. Here is a quick rundown of the differences between these two types of latex:

## Natural Latex

Natural Latex is often thought of as being a healthier and more eco-friendly option than synthetic latex, but what is it exactly? Natural latex is produced from raw latex harvested from rubber trees, not synthetic latex which is manufactured from petroleum and other materials. When latex foam is made using only natural latex with zero synthetic latex added, it is referred to as 100% natural latex. To be completely transparent, even though 100% natural latex is used there are other ingredients such as soaps and curing agents necessary to turn the raw natural latex into supple foam. These ingredients are not potentially harmful and are different from “fillers” like clay which are used to dilute and extend the volume of latex. There are many benefits to using natural latex over synthetic latex. One of the biggest benefits is that it is a renewable resource. Rubber trees can be harvested again and again, unlike petroleum which is a finite resource.

If you are looking for a mattress that uses 100% natural latex, be sure to check the labels carefully. Some companies will claim their product uses natural latex, but only a portion of it is actually natural latex. The rest is usually synthetic latex or other materials like filler or polyurethane foam. So, it is important to be vigilant when reading labels.

### Organic Latex

Organic latex is produced without the use of pesticides and under the supervision of a monitoring body like the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). Non-organic 100% natural latex is produced from raw latex using standard farming practices. GOLS monitors farming practices, materials sourcing, fair trade practices, and wastewater treatment, as well as the social and environmental impact of the product.

Reputable sellers of latex mattresses will provide actual and current organic certifications, not just logos or claims. If you do not see them, ask. If they cannot provide them, move along.

### So, what does this all mean for you?

If you are looking for latex that is truly organic, then you will want to make sure that it is certified organic. This way, you can be sure that the latex has not been exposed to any synthetic chemicals or contain any fillers.

If you are looking for latex that is simply natural, then you can choose either certified organic latex or 100% natural latex.