Coir or coconut fiber is fiber from the husk of coconuts. Among other uses, it is used as a natural bedding material.
Generally, coir is used in the middle and upper layers of mattresses to provide support or responsive softness by adding more or less density of material.
Those that are allergic or sensitive to foam, may find that this all-natural, non-toxic material is a good addition. It is important to note that coir mattresses may also have additives: such as cotton, wool, or foam so it is important to do your research to make sure those materials are safe.
Pros: Eco-Friendly, non-toxic, and all natural bedding.
Cons: Comfort is dependent on the craftmanship and quality of the coir material. Low quality bedding can be quite uncomfortable.
Latex is made from the sap of a rubber tree. Over generations, people have learned how to tap the trees without having to cut them down. This means that it is one of the most eco-conscious and sustainable ways to create bedding.
After the latex is harvested from the rubber tree, it is treated to create foam. The two most common ways of treating latex for bedding is Dunlop and Talalay. The result is a high response and heavy piece of foam that can be used for bedding. By changing the density, the latex can be more or less responsive.
Those that are used to a memory foam feel (a slow response) will be surprised to know that most latex is highly responsive, meaning that although it will react to ones body, it has a natural bounce. Some sleepers prefer this, though others not so much.
Recently, there has been an explosion in latex bedding with the higher demand for eco-conscious foam alternatives. Though latex is natural, there are some that mix it with memory foam. For those that are looking for pure latex bedding, be careful to do your research on the entire bed.
Pros: High response, differing firmness options.
Cons: High expense vs memory foam, some don't like the latex responsive feel.