About Latex Pillows

All TLC latex pillows are 100% natural latex. And all but 2 of our extensive range of TLC pillow styles are produced via the Talalay process.

Here are some simple facts that you should know and understand before buying a latex pillow.

Latex can either be a natural product made from the sap of a rubber tree or produced synthetically.

 

  • Most latex pillows are made from a blend of up 70% synthetic latex and 30% natural latex. Synthetic latex is made from oil derivatives - a chemical combination of styrene and butadiene which are both known carcinogens.
  • Synthetic latex was developed during WW2, when world trade was interrupted to the extent that natural latex became unattainable.
  • Many manufacturers use Synthetic latex blends because it is cheaper and easier to produce than natural, which must be sustainably farmed and harvested. Synthetic is also firmer and easier to work with so there is less spoilage during production of latex foam pillows.
  • Eco-friendly natural latex is harvested from the sap of rubber trees. Rubber trees do not require fertilisers or pesticides so natural latex is grown organically. 100% natural latex has holistic health benefits – it is naturally hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and dust -mite resistant with no requirement whatsoever for chemical treatments or additives.
  • Regardless of brand name, unless a pillow is clearly described as being 100% natural latex you can be sure it will be made from a synthetic blend. 

There are 2 very different ways of turning latex into a pillow – Dunlop process or Talalay process.

  • The original and simple way is usually referred to as the Dunlop process. Latex foam is poured into a pillow shaped mould and then cooked (vulcanised), like making a cake.
  • Unlike a nice light sponge cake, Dunlop process pillows tend to be quite firm and heavy. Confusingly, a Dunlopillo latex pillow is not produced via the Dunlop process! Dunlopillo branded latex pillows are Talalay process, just like the Talalay Latex Company (TLC).
  • Leon Talalay patented his new and more complicated process some 40 years after Dunlop. It requires sucking all the air out of the mould to create a vacuum so all the little air bubbles within the latex foam are evenly distributed - then freezing to form cracks between the air bubbles before vulcanising. Thus creating what is known as an 'open' cell structure.
  • Talalay pillows are far superior to Dunlop process. Their open cell structure allows them to breathe so they sleep cool. Not only are they way lighter because they contain more air, but they are also 4 times more durable so will last much longer without losing height or performance.
  • The Talalay process is complicated, requiring freezing as well as heating and the special vacuum moulds are very expensive. While there are hundreds of factories around the globe producing Dunlop process, there are only 5 with Talalay capability, including ours. Sadly, there is no latex manufacturing in Australia whatsoever.
  • Because of the cost and supply difference, you can be certain that unless a supplier promotes and describes their latex pillow as being Talalay it will be basic Dunlop process. Top notch brands like Dunlopillo, Dentons and John Cotton all include Talalay latex in their ranges – as does TLC.
  • What separates TLC from the rest is the much more comprehensive range of top quality, 100% natural Talalay latex pillows on offer, at highly competitive prices. The Talalay Latex Company (TLC) has a Talalay latex pillow to suit everyone, at lower prices due to only selling online with low overheads and minimal use of wasteful packaging to reduce our carbon footprint.

Absolutely they are! TLC Latex Pillows are naturally hypoallergenic, making them an ideal choice for people with asthma, allergies, hay fever or other sensitivities. Also, without the need for toxic treatments the latex material naturally resists dust-mites and microbes (nothing lives inside latex, so nothing to feed on), and bacteria.