Snoozel green source the latex for our organic mattresses using the Dunlop method. This process was developed in 1929 and consumes five times less energy than the modern Talalay process, which is much more complex and less sustainable.
What is the Dunlop process? It starts by mixing raw, liquid latex with water as well as some additional, natural materials which are required for turning the liquid latex into a solid form, which can then be used to make our organic mattresses. These materials include natural soaps, sulphur, vulcanisation and gelling agents. At this stage, natural graphite is added which makes our natural mattresses fire retardant without using toxic chemicals or sprays.
When the latex mixture is ready we pump compressed air into it to make a foamy liquid. The foam is then poured into the mould and baked (vulcanised) for 50 minutes at 110 degrees. The finished, natural latex layer is then removed from the mould, washed and dried.