- Do you have a catalog? No Catalog? EcoChoices tries to be as environmentally responsible as possible. And since with the typical mail order catalog, less than 5% of catalogs sent to people actually result in orders, we decided to concentrate on an internet store for now. This eliminates the over 95% paper waste of printed catalogs.
- Web Site Error. We do our best to make sure that our site is current and error free. From time to time, there may be an error listed on the site. EcoChoices is not responsible for any html or pricing errors. Customers will be charged the correct price. We will notify customers if we find an error that will effect their order. Sometimes the cart can list a shipping price that is too high, we automatically adjust it to the lower price when we process your order.
- Do you have a store? I'm sorry to say that we do not have any physical retail stores at this time. The mattresses are made in Southern California. A mattress showroom is available in Los Angeles County, California, by appointment, Monday through Friday, 9am-11am, and 12pm to 2pm.
- Other Questions? The best way to contact us is by email 24 hours a day 7 days a week at Contact Us Here. You can also contact us by fax at 626-969-3717 or by phone Monday through Thursday, 9am-3pm, at 626-969-3707.
What is the difference between a natural
mattress and a synthetic mattress?
Choosing the Firmness
- Feeling of a coil system versus a latex system. In general, a coil system pushes up against the body for support and a latex system conforms to your body and has a much denser feeling. All of the Bed Frames that we sell allow the mattress to breathe on all sides.
100% Pure Natural Latex Mattress: FAQ
- Chemically Sensitive
People: Every person that is that is chemically sensitive or very
sensitive to smells are sensitive to different materials. Most can handle
one material more than another. Every new material has a smell to it. The
new smells do decrease over time, but how long it takes to decrease enough
will depend on the person, how well the room is ventilated, and the weather
(humid weather tends to make smells stronger). If you are unsure of whether
you can tolerate a material, we recommend that you
order a pillow
made of the same material so that you can sleep with it and see how you do.
If you are fine with the material, then you end up with a good new pillow
and you can order a mattress. However, if you do have problems with the
pillow, we are unable to accept back used bedding/pillows being that we only
sell brand new items. If you do have a problem with the material, we
recommend giving the pillow to a friend. It is worth the investment when you
consider the costs involved with a mattress. No natural/non-toxic mattress
or bedding manufacture warranty's allergies. It would not be financially
realistic for a manufacture to do so.
- Choosing a bed frame:
When choosing a bed frame for your natural mattress, it is important that
the mattress is able to breathe on each side. This means that you do not
want to put an all natural mattress on top of a solid piece of wool. There
needs to be slats, air holes, or some other way so that the mattress will be
able to breathe on all sides.
- My Partner moves around
a lot. The best mattresses to minimize the movement of a bed is our
100% Pure Natural Latex Mattresses. If you prefer a coil mattress, then
the Natural Aurora mattress would be the best choice. Otherwise, the Natural
Latex would be the best choice.
- Which foundation should I
choose? That depends on your preference and what type of bed you are
choosing. But in general, here are some typical guidelines:
- Standard Foundation: It is a wooden boxed foundation covered with fabric. It has no springs and is the firmest and most inexpensive choice (7" thick"). This option is good to help minimize movement and is most commonly used with latex mattresses.
- Box springs: The box springs have the more give (7" thick) and is primarily used with innerspring mattresses.
- Coil On Coil: For our Natural Aurora and Aurora, we have designed a box spring that is pure luxury, using the same innerspring as in our organic cotton and pure grow wool mattresses.
Bed Frames: Our standard platform bed frames do use a foundation. You
can place our mattresses directly on these standard bed frames. Bed frames
that can hold sets are also available.
- Can I get one Custom
Made? If you don't see the exact mattress or bed set that you are
looking for, we do make custom beds as well. To get a quote, please fill out
Custom Mattress Form.
- What is the height of the
Most of our mattresses are handmade and the height of the mattress will
vary between 7 1/2" - 8". The exception to this is our Natural Aurora mattress
which is 11" - 12".
- How long will it take for
me to get my mattress?
Please see shipping information.
Do they need to be turned over? All beds should be be turned over.
The all natural beds need to be turned over every couple of weeks for the
first couple of months and then every other month after that. However, with
our Latex, Aurora, and Natural Aurora Mattresses, we recommend that you turn
them over only once or twice a year. Instruction on
turning over a mattress.
- Do your mattresses have
ventilation holes? No. Ventilation holes are normally used on synthetic
mattresses. Mattresses that are truly 100% natural breathe all over so
ventilation holes are are not helpful with 100% natural mattresses.
- Can you sit on the side
of your mattresses? First of all, our mattresses are designed for laying
down. If you find a mattress that was designed to sit, then there is probably
something wrong with it. However, even though our mattresses were designed to
lay on, you can sit on the edge of any of our mattresses. The most comfortable
mattresses for sitting on the edge are our Organic Cotton and Pure grow wool
Mattresses, Hemp Mattresses, and Cotton Mattresses.
- Why are all natural
mattresses not available in regular mattress stores? There are actually a
couple of reasons. First of all, these mattresses are made by a mattress
manufacture that puts it's money in quality natural materials and quality
employees, and not in the marketing of these mattresses. So the manufacture is
not able to offer the advertising benefits that the large conventional
mattress manufactures are able to do. It is much easier for the retail stores
to sell mattresses that have had a lot of money spent in advertising. These
mattresses would have to sell at much higher prices to market them in this way
and we do not want to do that to our customers. Second, most stores do not
want to bother to training their employees to understand the benefits of
natural mattresses. In addition to training the employees, the employees would
need to dedicate a lot of time to teaching the customers about the
differences. Third, no one is getting rich from selling natural household
products. Because the materials often costs several times more and they are
made in small quantities, the margins are usually not as high as a mattress
made of the cheapest materials possible. The government only has regulations
on mattresses to protect people from fires. They do not regulate what people
put in them or even how toxic the materials used may be. So most conventional
mattresses end up being made as cheaply as possible with high mark ups and
slick ad campaigns. In other words, it is much easier and more profitable to
sell conventional type mattresses than all natural mattresses. But then again,
we never went into this business to get rich. We are in this business because
we understand the need and importance of teaching people about the benefits of
natural environmentally friendly products over conventional products.
- Only the Conventional
Cotton Mattresses and Hemp Mattress use Borate powder (boric acid) as a flame
retardant. Is this toxic?
Boric treated cotton (with 10 to 14 percent boric acid by weight) passes FR 1647, the Federal Flammability Standard also called the cigarette smolder test.
The study, done by Intertox, Inc. of Seattle, WA, presents conclusive proof that boric acid, under the specific trade name Boron#10TM, which is sodium polyborate, is not toxic. The studies tested to look for adverse health effects on the The test showed that it has a toxicity level similar to table salt.
The report states, "Four of the six studies reviewed indicate no observed adverse health effects from exposure of the test animals to the Boron#10TM added to cotton batting." Richard Pleus, the author of the report also stated that in an oral toxicity study a benchmark toxicity measure, LD50, for the product Boron#10TM was successfully established.
Many boron compounds exists naturally throughout our environment, including fruits, vegetables, and water which are digested daily in small amounts by humans.
This report, A Review of General Acute Toxicity Studies of Boron#10TM in Cotton-Based Batting Product, is available by sending a letter of request and a 9" x 12" SASE to:
Mr. Jim Blasius, Incide Technologies, Inc.,
50 N 41st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85009.-Editor
(Excerpt from Futon Life, Summer 1998)
Borate powder is used only on our Conventional Cotton Mattresses.
- How should I dispose of my old mattress? We recommend that you contact you local Salvation Army and ask them if they would pick up your old mattress for you. Some customers have found additional local charities that would also like you to donate your old mattress to them - missions, homeless shelters, abused families, foster care, etc.