Natural Latex is manufactured from the sap crafted exclusively out of the rubber trees. This rubber tree sap, also known as rubber serum, is then passed through various manufacturing processes to make it suitable for use. Possessing unique properties, with excellent stretch and recovery, natural latex has found its applications in diverse fields.
A Renewable Resource
Latex is derived from a milky substance that pours out of tropical rubber trees. But what most of us don’t know is that while acquiring the latex from the sap of the trees, no harm is done to the trees. The bark from where the serum is collected heals rapidly after the collection to produce more serum.
Highly Unstable in Natural State
Latex in its natural state is highly sensitive to temperature. A few degrees decrease in temperature turns it into a brittle substance. In contrast, a little heat in the surroundings and the substance becomes mushy and sticky. Also, latex in its pure form, the white sap, is susceptible to spoiling—just like regular milk. Thus, to counter this limitation, natural latex is vulcanized to retain its firmness, stability and flexibility in the wide temperature range.
Make Comfortable Mattresses
Outside of memory foam, latex is one of the most popular materials used in mattresses. While memory foam hugs your body and provides that slow, slinking feeling, latex conforms to your body while still providing bounce and support. Latex hybrid mattresses combine one or several layers of latex combined with a spring coil system and other layers of materials like cotton and wool that aim to provide support and pressure relief while you sleep. The conforming yet buoyant nature of latex is especially great for sleepers with chronic back pain.
Originally Used for Clothing
Olmecs, Mayans, and Aztecs were the first to unveil the treasure-producing capabilities of rubber trees. As rubber trees were then found abundantly in Amazon rainforest, it’s no wonder their initial application was found to be in waterproof clothing. But later on, the substance was further processed to be used as gloves, swim caps, and skin tights.
Natural latex is hypoallergenic. However, synthetic latex, like the material used in most rubber gloves, can trigger allergic reactions in some individuals. Among them mainly are the people who had prolonged exposure to synthetic latex. Starting from itchy eyes and rashes this allergy can get severe leading to anaphylactic shock. So it is advised to refrain using latex rubber products if you are diagnosed with latex allergy.