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1. Why are these natural mattresses better than latex mattresses?

Dorsal mattresses breathe better due to the open cell construction which allows air to circulate; good air circulation creates an optimum environment for a good night's sleep. Most Latex mattresses (except Talalay Latex) don't have an open cell structure; therefore it will keep stagnating humidity inside and eventually be a ground for mould and mildews. Bad air circulation is the perfect habitat for dust mites. Your mattress will become un-hygienic and cause allergies, breathing problems, stuffed nose, minor headaches, etc. Open cell means keeping the internal core ventilated, dry, fresh and an inhospitable habitat for dust mites.

They will not get hot. The Softcare mattress cover has a honeycomb structure which is also made from open cell foam, the unique mattress cover and open cell mattress allow air to circulate through the whole mattress, and the Softcare cover can absorb moisture during your sleep and then disperse it during the day, meaning a fresh and dry environment is maintained for a good night's sleep. This is ideal for a warm climate such as Australia.

Overall Dorsal mattresses are lighter than latex mattresses due to the open cell structure. Making them easier to turn if need be, and easier to make the bed.

The majority of Latex mattresses on the Australian market are not natural latex; they are either synthetic latex which contains Styrene Butadiene Rubber or the blend of natural latex with synthetic latex Syntex. Even the majority of 100% natural latex mattresses do not have an open cell structure. The top end natural latex mattresses that have an open cell structure which is comparable with Dorsal natural mattresses are called Talalay latex mattresses,these mattresses are very expensive if it is a 100% Talalay latex mattress. It is important to check what they claimed, ask for a composition breakdown of the mattress.

Dorsal mattresses are eco-friendly products, they are made from natural oils like sunflower oil, these natural oils are from plants grown under the sun, and they are renewable and inexhaustible resources. All materials that are synthetic come from petrol and therefore a scarce resource that will run-out one day.

Dorsal mattresses distribute body weight evenly over the entire surface of the mattress through the 7 zone core, designed according to human body anatomy. This helps to relieve pressure points, promote good blood circulation, and reduce back and neck pain. It is great for people recovering from an injury, or people who spend long periods in bed.

The Dorsal Bed system (slats, mattress + pillow) is a complete system that promotes good posture, by ensuring the spine is supported in its natural position. Bad support means bad sleeping posture; it could cause spine joints to be slowly dislocated over a long period, that's why some people have chronic back pain which is very hard to cure.

2. In what ways do the Grand Soleil mattresses differ with Tempur Mattresses?

Grand Soleil natural mattress is made from natural oils like sunflower oil and water.Tempur mattress is made from petroleum, the source materials are totally different.

Tempur mattresses are temperature sensitive, using your body heat to soften the Foam allowing you to sink in and be supported. This is great for comfort and keeping you warm in winter except that it means the mattress could be hot in summer and hard to move in as you have created a groove that needs to be slowly reformed each time you move. Tempur mattresses are also quite dense which make them a lot harder to move than a Grand Soleil mattress. Tempur mattresses are made in steel moulds, when the mattresses are made from moulds you have a "skin" that you can notice on the product. The "skin" is there because paraffin is sprayed in the mould to prevent the foam from sticking to the steel mould, something that will cause the ripping of the core. That "skin" prevents air circulating through the core. Grand Soleil products do not have this kind of "skin".

3. In what ways are the Grand Soleil mattresses better than spring mattresses?

Most spring mattresses do not have a seven zone structure to contour to your body for support and comfort; it doesn't create sleep comfort and sensation like the Grand Soleil mattresses.

Mostspring mattresses do not distribute your body weight evenly to reduce pressure points, it doesn't promote blood circulation, therefore it could cause fatigue and back or neck pain.

Most spring mattresses do not have good air circulation due to a non-breathable frame and cover; it creates a living environment for dust mites, which could cause allergy and headache.

The majority of springs will wear out over a period of time, the mattress will lose its shape and support, meaning the mattress has a short lifespan.

Modern day electrical equipment will cause springs to generate a chaotic magnetic field forming an unnatural and unhealthy sleep environment.

4. Why would this kind of mattress benefit me as opposed to a (synthetic) latex mattress?

Grand Soleil mattresses are made from natural oils derived from the sunflower & other vegetable oils (renewable resources) the way Foam Mattresses are made from petroleum (oil from the ground- a non-renewable resource). The principle is the same with similar manufacturing techniques but using renewable resources means the process is more sustainable. The way in which the natural oils are derived from the sunflowers is less harmful to the environment than extracting petroleum (drilling and other harmful techniques). The foam product has been given the support of C.A.R.M.E.N., an important renewable resources coordination centre in Bavaria.

As more and more people prefer a cotton or silk shirt other than 100% polyester, same principle, people like Grand Soleil mattresses because it is a natural product like cotton and silk. Look where all the plastic shopping bags have taken us and all the plastic bottles and plastic packaging. We believe we should change the way we consume (even when buying a mattress), everyone can contribute to saving the planet and creating a better future for our children.

The majority of Latex mattresses on the Australian market are synthetic and therefore not made from natural products and are not manufactured to have open cells. This means that they will not breathe as air will not circulate through them, making them rather impractical for hot climates such as Australia. If you look closely at standard latex foam and Grand Soleil foam, you will see that Grand Soleil has small cavities and they are linked together, that helps air to circulate, the structure is totally different with standard latex.

With eco-compatible production processes carried out without CFC gases and employing thermo-recycling techniques, the products pass Oeko-Tex Standard 100,which guarantees the absence of harmful substances to the human organism. Oeko-Tex is a company that developed tests that can be carried out to guarantee the absence of toxins that are harmful to humans; these tests are carried out at all stages of production.

Latex mattresses often have a strong 'latexy' odour that will remain in the product for some time. Some polyurethane has a strong smell, especially Visco elastic (memory foam, i.e. TEMPUR). this comes from the raw materials and manufacturing processes. Grand Soleil is odourless.

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