What Is Latex?
The Latex Journey
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What Is Latex?
Finding out REAL VS FAKE
There are many types of latex in the market, the word “latex” can be confusing because it is used to describe both natural and synthetic latex. The most common latex found in mattresses are synthetic latex as it is low cost for mattress makers.
Getha manufactures and uses only Dunlop processed 100% Natural Latex in our products, and not the cheaper synthetic or blended latex.
Beware of the differences between natural latex and 100% natural latex, it is common to misunderstand natural latex to be fully natural. Natural latex is commonly a combination blend made of both synthetic and natural, whereas 100% natural latex contains no fake latex chemicals.
Harmful effects of EMF
EMF is present everywhere in our environment but is invisible to the human eye, however, our bodies recognise and suffer from such radiation. Most people do not realise that their choice of mattress directly impacts their health and safety. We tend to focus on the benefits of a mattress, but we often overlook the side effects of a bad mattress.
When a person is awake, our body has built an immune system that helps defend against EMF. However, when we are asleep, we are especially vulnerable to radiation by EMF. During our sleep, our body goes through a biological regeneration process, which can be interrupted by the continuous and invasive EMF radiation which in turn limits the human DNA regeneration capacity. This interruption affects the quality of our sleep, which affects our health.
TYPE OF LATEX
THE LATEX JOURNEY
Collected Drop By Drop, So Precious
Queen Elizabeth II visited in 1972 and experienced rubber tapping
Latex is a milky fluid found in the bark of rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis). The rubber tree originates from the rainforests in the Amazon region of South America, and was first discovered by the ancient Olmec, Maya, and Aztec for shelter and apparel. Today, the latex sap from the rubber tree is used in the modern processing of rubber and Southeast Asia’s fitting climate supplies most of the world’s demand for natural latex.
Rubber was introduced by British colonists to Malaysia in the 1870s as Malaysia had the ideal climate and rich soil for rubber plantation. For many years, rubber was Malaysia’s primary exports and by the 1930s, Malaysia produced half of the world’s rubber.
A GIFT FROM
Collected drop by drop, harvesting natural latex takes several years and a complex combination of botany, chemistry, and sophisticated machinery with dexterous skills of rubber tree tappers. This in contrast with synthetic materials which are usually made from automated chemical processing, makes natural latex a truly precious gift from Mother Earth. Rubber was introduced by British colonists to Malaysia in the 1870s as Malaysia had the ideal climate and rich soil for rubber plantation. For many years, rubber was Malaysia’s primary exports and by the 1930s, Malaysia produced half of the world’s rubber.
- Carefully selected high-grade rubber seeds are planted in a nursery.
- At 12 months, the rubber plant is grafted and transplanted.
- The rubber plant requires at least 6 years to grow, with a minimum of 50 centimeters in circumference and 1 meter in height from the ground to be ready for tapping.
- A person who harvests the sap by tapping rubber trees is called a rubber tapper.
- Tapping is difficult to do well. Mistakes in tapping will hurt the tree bark and affect yields.
- Tappers start their day before dawn because rubber sap runs most freely in the early morning.
- A tapper carefully cuts a layer of the bark to expose the latex to flow into the container for collection.
- The tapper moves from tree to tree to harvest the latex.
- When the tapper is done with tapping, they will go back to where they started to collect the latex. It usually takes half a day for the latex container to fill.
- A tapper can tap up to 450 trees a day.
- In each harvest, only 30% is pure latex, water accounts for 70% of the collection.
- Rubber tapping can only be done on days with no rain to ensure the latex is not diluted by rainwater
how much 1,000 trees are?
100% Natural Latex
Just like cooking, the perfect dish requires not just the recipe and ingredients, but most of all love and skill. At Getha we’re passionate about what we do. We have been manufacturing latex since 1969, we make the latex so you enjoy the comfort!