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As early as 500 BC, Mayans and Aztecs used latex for waterproofing purposes and also heated it to make toy balls. So why is this material such a great component in a mattress? Derived from the rubber tree, latex is the most naturally durable cushioning material available. It is made from a milky substance that drips from the rubber tree when the bark is slashed.

The process does no harm to the tree and latex is an entirely sustainable product. During the production process which converts the latex from a liquid, the resin is whipped and baked. The finished product is naturally biodegradable. Natural latex is anti-microbial, dust-mite resistant, and hypo-allergenic. It dynamically conforms to you, providing excellent support. By gently conforming to your every contour, latex provides superior back support and outstanding pressure relief. Relieving pressure reduces the tossing and turning that interrupts sleep. Latex is a great choice because it’s a trouble free mattress, less need to turn, and last longer than a pocket sprung simply because there’s nothing to go wrong inside.

A 21 cm deep latex pad is what is at the heart of an Abaca Raglan mattress, but just to make it even more special they add two layers of organic wool. Abaca use lots of wool in all their mattresses as it adds breathability and comfort. The cover is a 100% organic herringbone twill, soft but hardwearing. All Abaca’s latex mattresses are available is soft, medium or firm.

Abaca is a unique mattress making business based in the rolling hills of Carmarthenshire. They are unique because everything they make is produced using organic materials, and all mattresses are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) by the Soil Association.

Some fifteen years ago Abaca founder, Rhiannon Rowley, worked with the Soil Association as a pilot project to see whether it would be possible to produce a mattress that was fully organic. The answer, after three years, was yes! Abaca was launched in 2004, and the rest, as they say, is history.

So why is organic an important choice for your bedroom? Well, we spend more of our time on a mattress than we do in any other single place. A third of our lives are spent in bed, and we are at our most vulnerable while we’re asleep. An organic mattress doesn’t introduce any unwanted chemicals into your bedroom. It is common for conventional cotton to contain herbicide and pesticide residues, and for wool to be treated with all sorts of chemicals. With an organic mattress you just get pure, natural materials.