What happens to an old mattress? Few people stop to wonder where a mattress goes after they no longer want it. The unfortunate reality is that the vast majority of them end up in landfills. There are estimates of more than 10 million mattresses going to landfills every year in the United States alone. Aside from the sheer space they occupy (23 cubic feet each on average), a large number of mattresses are made up of various form of plastics that never entirely break down. Recycling these items can be very labor intensive and our state (along with many others) lacks the infrastructure to make recycling them cheap and/or easy. We, here at Soaring Heart, have been working with local officials and business leaders to get a viable recycling program going in our city and state, but that may take some time.
So what can the average consumer do to reduce the environmental impact of their mattress? At Soaring Heart we sell mattresses that are made entirely out of natural fibers and materials that will biodegrade over a relatively short amount of time. Also, our unique hand-made mattresses are not made to just be thrown away after 5 years. We offer refurbishing on our products, which can extend the life of these items greatly (some people have used our beds for 20+ years). So, when considering the environmental impacts of purchasing a new bed, Soaring Heart is without equal in our commitment to reducing the overall footprint of this industry. And the beds are really comfy too!
- Jeff Greenwood
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