Our Rating: 2 / 5 (See: How Leaf Score is calculated)
- One of the most affordable all-natural latex mattresses around
- The latex is Oeko-Tex certified, and the organic cotton cover is GOTS certified
- The ‘foam backing’ that comes standard with the mattresses is a bit ambiguous as to what makes it up
|Materials:||Dunlop latex, organic cotton, coils, and wool.|
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Certifications:||Oeko-Tex for Latex and wool (at the supplier), GOTS for Cotton (at the supplier)|
The Eco Terra Latex Mattress is one of the most affordable all-natural latex mattresses around (View Prices on Eco Terra). It’s just a shame that the company isn’t totally transparent about the materials they use (and were clearly irritated by my requests for information). This mattress comprises 100 percent natural Talalay latex and fabric-encased coils with organic cotton and wool, and maybe some foam of unknown composition, about which the company is not clear. Prices range from $549-$1,099 with all standard sizes available and choice between medium and medium-firm.
The Eco Terra Mattress has a 3” layer of Talalay latex to provide pressure relief and supportive comfort over an innerspring layer with individually wrapped coils to reduce motion transfer. The latex is Oeko-Tex certified; the organic cotton cover is GOTS certified; and Eco Terra provided me with their supplier’s Oeko-Tex latex certificate and the GOTS cotton certificate upon request, but not a certificate for their wool, which they use as a natural fire barrier to satisfy federal and state flammability requirements. The wool is from Joma, however, who do carry Oeko-Tex Standard 100. This standard does not have the same clout as GOTS or some other certifications in terms of animal welfare.
Confusingly, Eco Terra note in response to one complaint online that their mattress “has a thin internal quilt backing of super soft foam on the organic cotton cover for added comfort” and that “The super soft foam quilt backing we use is GreenGuard Gold certified against any harmful chemicals and is completely odor-free, yet provides additional comfort and pressure relief”. You can request that your mattress be made without this foam backing, given that the make-up of this foam isn’t at all clear. Elsewhere, Eco Terra claim not to use polyurethane or toxic materials, but this prompts the question as to whether the ‘foam’ is 100 percent natural latex foam. What’s more, I can’t find any evidence that this mystery foam is actually Greenguard Gold certified. If you’ve had good, clear communications with Eco Terra about this, please let me know.
The Eco Terra arrives fully assembled and is roll-packed for easy transportation. As there is no off-gassing, you can use the mattress right away upon delivery and unrolling. This mattress works on a platform bed or box spring, and can work with an adjustable bed, but it is not recommended for a slatted bed base.
This mattress weighs in at around 130 lbs for the Cal King size, but doesn’t feature any side handles, so you’ll need some strength, flexibility, and ingenuity to maneuver it. There are also some questions over the comfort of this mattress, with some customers reporting a deterioration in the mattress condition after just a few months and a firmness level that won’t suit most people.
All Eco Terra mattresses are made in Los Angeles, CA, and carry a 15-year warranty. The company also offers a 90-day trial. If you’re not happy with the mattress during that time, you can contact them to arrange for it to be picked up and they’ll give you a full refund. (If you order through Amazon, however, the return policy is with Amazon and a 30-night sleep trial applies.)
Now, for another caveat: There are, unfortunately, a small number of rather disgruntled folks out there who have had a bad experience with Eco Terra. In some cases this seems to be due to customer confusion when ordering the right size mattress (so, double check you have the right size before ordering!), and there are also a couple of occasions where customers have complained about receiving an Eco Terra mattress with a law label stating the mattress contains 10% polyurethane.
Eco Terra have addressed these complaints publicly, noting that those taking issue with supposed polyurethane content are not ‘verified buyers’ and don’t, in fact, have the law label that applies to the Eco Terra mattress. If they did, they’d see that it does not list polyurethane because they do not use polyurethane in their mattresses.
In an email exchange with an Eco Terra representative, they provided me with a law label showing that their mattresses are made with 100 percent natural latex, cotton, innersprings, and wool. It’s good that Eco Terra have addressed the issue, and they do seem fairly responsive to complaints. I’d still like to see a little more transparency around certifications and the law label, however, especially given the confusion over the ‘foam backing’ that comes as standard. All in all, Eco Terra are one of the most affordable options for an eco-friendly mattress, but this may be a case of ‘you get what you pay for’.
Eco Terra vs. OMI, Avocado, and Rawganique
Because Eco Terra don’t carry any certifications made out to the company themselves, nor any certifications with an animal welfare component for their wool, plus the issues over weird labeling and ‘foam’, they get a Leaf Score of just 2. If they offered more transparency on these issues and got some robust certification for the mattress as a whole, they could get a higher Leaf Score. For now, though, the EcoTerra may be a good option if you’re on a strict budget, but you’re likely better off with a similar mattress from any one of the following companies: OMI (Lifekind), Avocado, Rawganique, Swiss Dream Beds, Savvy Rest, Soaring Heart, PlushBeds, Naturepedic or Holy Lamb, all of whom have better certifications, a longer history, and overall better reputation. Eco Terra are a decent budget option if you check to ensure they make your mattress without any foam backing (email them after ordering). But, if you can stump up an extra few hundred dollars, you can get a much higher quality mattress from Avocado or My Green Mattress, or even Savvy Rest (just watch out for Savvy Rest’s no returns policy). These companies also offer a better warranty than Eco Terra.