Natural rubber latex is derived from the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis. The protein in latex is the sensitizer that causes allergies. Many individuals are not initially allergic to latex, but develop sensitivity to it after prolonged exposure.
Latex allergies are particularly tricky because latex can sometimes be found in elastic, but not always. Manufacturers are not required to specify if a product contains a small amount of elastic as trim. Even when they do note that elastic is present, the underlying source of the elastic is almost never listed. So it is rare to find a garment hang tag that will say with any certainty whether latex is present.
Many of our products are not labeled “Latex Free” only because we weren’t able to track down the source of the elastic. So they could be, but we just don’t know. A few of our vendors have been able to trace back to the exact make-up of their elastics. Here’s a compiled product list of manufacturer-confirmed Latex Free garments. For more information on latex allergies, visit the American Latex Allergy Association.