The natural latex mattress is a safe and healthy alternative to conventional mattresses. Most conventional mattress contain some combination of VOCs, resulting from the use of petroleum based petrochemicals, plastic, vinyl's and flame retardants. The problem with VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), particularly from flame retardants, is that find their way into the dust in our homes and because we are always touching surfaces where these chemicals are found, our hands pick them up and we inadvertently ingest them. We also breathe them in at night when we are sleeping.
A natural latex mattress completely removes these VOCs from your sleeping environment, and these benefits are particularly important when growing children are present. Most people don't know that natural wool (untreated) is a natural flame retardant, it also has added benefits, it resists mildew, dust and dust mite droppings. Natural latex is made from rubber trees. Be sure the latex is 100% natural, there far too many latex blends on the market that can include petroleum-based polyurethane or styrene, a possible human carcinogen.