Between 1920 and 1940, Dunlop scientists invented Dunlopillo latex foam, the first of its kind to be used to pad seats in public transport. After that, the aircraft industry welcomed latex foam to pad cockpits and seats, too. Their first latex mattress proved to be a huge hit, as they stayed fresh and kept their shape without plumping or flipping.
In the Illustrious Years of 1950 – 1970, Dunlopillo’s latex was used to make seats for the Houses of Parliament. And then, between 1980 – 2000, Dunlopillo’s latex mattresses were proved by the Shirley Institute of Manchester to be doubly effective in killing bed bugs compared to interior spring core mattresses. Advanced Dunlopillo technology was also used in hospital mattresses to offer patients pressure relief, spinal alignment, and back support.
Today, Dunlopillo is the authority and leading manufacturer of latex mattresses. Not only does a latex mattress hold its shape and remain durable for years, but it also promotes sustainable sleeping.
The Sustainable Way to Sleep
Natural latex is derived from the sap of rubber trees (Hevea Brasiliensis) that are grown in managed sustainable plantations around the world.
Every drop counts and nothing is wasted, as a rubber tree only produces 27ml of latex a day. It takes one tree over 500 days to create enough latex for a single mattress, so Dunlopillo are careful not to waste a single drop.
Latex is also one of the most eco-friendly mattress fillings. Latex rubber trees purify over 90 million tons of carbon dioxide a year. Plus, all Dunlopillo’s natural latex is sourced from sustainably managed plantations.
The Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme
Dunlopillo have been awarded the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP). Created in 2006, the FISP is recognised as the benchmark for sustainable practices in the UK’s furniture industry. It’s a key part of a company’s sustainable policies. The FISP has rapidly become established as the furniture industry forum on all environmental and sustainability issues. These issues include all aspects of the industry’s business, from purchasing and procurement right through to the end of the product’s life.
National Bed Federation
Dunlopillo are also a member of the National Bed Federation, who are focusing on sustainable recycling of end-of-life mattresses. In fact, their third report on the rate of mattress recycling in the UK has revealed a 55% increase in the number of mattresses being recycled between 2015 and 2017, with evidence suggesting that the growth will continue in the near term.1 You can read more about their sustainable work in our article, ‘Mattress Recycling with the National Bed Federation’.