You have a beautiful frame of a chair or couch that really needs some cushion, and you want to use chemical-free, eco-friendly supplies, but where do you start? Here is a list of substitutions from the standard petroleum based products.
Dacron Batting –> Wool Batting or Cotton Batting
Decking Fabric (to cover the springs) –> Organic Sateen Fabric
Poly Foam –> Organic Latex
Ticking Fabric (to cover the wool so that it doesn’t migrate through the decorative fabric) –> Organic Muslin or Organic Sateen Fabric
Thin Foam –> Wool Felt
Similarities between Natural Latex and conventional foam
- Five firmnesses available, use softer for the back cushions and firmer for the base
- Firmer means denser which means more durable
- Batting or a down jacket still can be wrapped around to add plumpness to cushion
- If using on top of springs, use a ticking fabric between the springs and the latex so as to not tear it
Unique Tricks to Natural latex
- Cut only with a blade, not a hot wire
- Over time (15 years+), instead of softening, latex will harden as it dries out and eventually crumbles
What Sets Organic Latex apart from conventional poly foam
- No flame retardants
- Chemical-Free: The end product has only 5 ingredients with latex comprising of 96% of the finished product.
- Long Life: 20 -30 year lifespan
- Vegan: Tree Based not petroleum Based
- Compostable: Just give it time
- Sustainable: The Hevea brasiliensis trees are grown for 30 years before they stop producing enough latex and are harvested for their wood.
- Antimicrobial: In a closed testing environment, growing bacteria introduced to the latex were not able to survive.
- Dust Mite Resistant: It is simply inhabitable.
- Excellent Airflow: Compared to memory foam and all poly foams, latex allows more air movement and thus does not retain heat.